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There are now two positive cases of coronavirus in Connecticut.  The state Department of Public Health has issued a directive to all nursing and convalescent homes imposing restrictions on visitation to constrain the spread of COVID-19. 

All Danbury Public Schools are postponing or canceling any event that will draw large groups of people. Plays, musicals, concerts will be postponed or can modify their event to perform without an audience.  All sporting events will go on as scheduled, but without spectators.  Mayor Mark Boughton is strongly recommending that all public events that draw more than 100 people be canceled or postponed. This would include fundraisers, dances, parades and the like. 

The Connecticut Department of Insurance issued a bulletin on Monday, calling on health insurers and health care centers to waive the cost of COVID-19 testing to “ensure that cost-sharing is not a barrier” to testing.  They’re also being urged to offer and waive fees for medical advice and treatment of COVID-19 via telehealth services. 

Governor Lamont raised concerns during a call on Monday with Vice President Mike Pence about the distribution of federal test kits for COVID-19, considering Connecticut’s proximity to New York, where the coronavirus caseload rose Monday from 105 to 142.  Fairfield County borders New York’s Westchester County, where there is a cluster of cases.  Lamont believes the federal government should be thinking about this more regionally as they figure out who’s going to get priority for those tests. 

LabCorp is fully operational with COVID-19 testing. Quest Diagnostics expects to have testing available soon.

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