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Two elderly Connecticut residents have died from complications of COVID-19.  The first was announced as a Ridgefield man who lived at Benchmark Senior Living at Ridgefield Crossing.  The second man was a New Canaan resident hospitalized in Norwalk.  The announcement was made at the Town Council meeting last night.

Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona says despite the uncertainty of everything temporarily shutting down, the school year is not cancelled.  He hopes to welcome students back, but class cancellation can be extended.  Connecticut is seeking waivers from the federal government on standardized assessments.

Governor Lamont has signed another executive order taking actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, this one allows Medicaid to cover audio-only telehealth services. 

The Governors of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are ordering indoor portions of large retail shopping malls, amusement parks, and bowling alleys in the four states to close by 8pm.  This includes Danbury Fair Mall.  This is an expansion of the orders the tri-state governors issued Monday temporarily closing movie theaters, gyms, and casinos, an order which Pennsylvania has also adopted. The governors also ordered restaurants and bars to close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only.

Specifically, the large malls to be closed are:

Brass Mill Center, Waterbury
CT Post Mall, Milford
Crystal Mall, Waterford
Danbury Fair Mall, Danbury
Stamford Town Center, Stamford
The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester
The SoNo Collection, Norwalk
Westfarms Mall, Farmington
Westfield Mall, Meriden
Westfield Mall, Trumbull

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