Many Connecticut residents are concerned about the Coronavirus and what that means to their families. Important information about the disease and how to be best prepared can be found below, as well as, link to resources that may provide additional information.
How Can People Protect Themselves: Protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense
Washing hands with soap and water
Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
Following guidance from the CDC and the Connecticut DPH.
For more information please visit the CDC website by clicking here.
What to Do if You Think You’re Sick: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your healthcare provider or your local health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
Click here to find the your health deparment.
What Congress is doing in response to COVID-19: We have already passed and signed into law three sweeping pieces of legislation:
- The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
- Families First Coronavirus Constituent Service Resource Toolkit: This toolkit will help you understand all the benefits that are availble to you are your community and how to access them.
What is Connecticut doing in response to COVID-19: For the most up-to-date information, from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, all residents are encouraged to visit www.ct.gov/coronavirus and the FAQs page the Office of Governor Lamont.
Unemployment or Furloughed from COVID-19: If you become unemployed or furloughed due to coronavirus, you should file for unemployment benefits ASAP with the Connecticut Department of Labor: Please go to www.filectui.com
Internal Revenue Service (IRS): The deadline to file federal tax returns has been changed from April 15 to July 15. For taxpayers, businesses and others affted by the coronavirus please visit: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
- Economic Impact Payment: The IRS is committed to helping you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees. For more information please visit: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here
Small Business Owners and COVID-19: The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved low interest loans for relief to businesses and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 disaster declaration. For more information on how to apply, please visit: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
- SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Lender Finder: https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): The State of Connecticut is requesting donations of PPE. For requested items please visit: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Request-for-Personal-Protective-Equipment
Veterans Affairs: Please call your VA Medical Center before going to a clinic, urgent care, or emergency room. Ask your VA health care team about the option of care by phone or vide instead of a in-person visit.
Relief for student borrowers: If you have student loan debt, you will be eligible to pause payments for federal student loans without interest accrual until September 30, 2020. For information and frequently asked questions from the Office of Federal Student Aid, please see here.
Struggling with food insecurity: Nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps) and the Women, Infant and Children’s Program (WIC) provide eligible individuals and families with money to purchase food. Unsure if you are eligible for SNAP or WIC? Complete the 2-1-1 Navigator at http://www.211navigator.com/. SNAP applications are processed by the Department of Social Services (DSS). The DSS field offices are currently closed to the public, but individuals can apply for SNAP online at connect.ct.gov. For more information and for help applying, visit EndHungerCT.org or call their SNAP helpline at 866-974-7627.
Price Gouging: The Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Consumer Protection have received complaints from consumers about price hikes. Anyone who suspects price gouging should: File a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General by calling 860-808-5318 or online at https://www.dir.ct.gov/ag/complaint/.