Coronavirus in Connecticut: Live updates, hour-by-hour
As more and more Connecticut residents test positive for COVID-19, stay informed with all the latest information below.
Beyond local and statewide updates, this story will be updated with major regional, national and global information about coronavirus.
1:26 p.m. - Here is a link to the Connecticut businesses that have filed worker layoff notices with the state Department Labor.
1:10 p.m. - Though the coronavirus is keeping many from gathering for traditional Passover and Easter celebrations, restaurants around Connecticut are finding ways to ensure that families will be able to dine on traditional, religious meals together. Click here to read more.
12:20 p.m. - As the cases of coronavirus have surged and an increasing number of Americans are sheltering in place, more people are worried about catching COVID-19 from their neighbors. And while the prospect of having an infected neighbor in a cul-de-sac is scary, it's far more terrifying if you live in a large apartment, co-op, or condo building with everyone sharing (and even coughing in) the same elevators, laundry rooms, and other common spaces. Read more here.
Noon - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s briefing on the coronavirus.
11:52 a.m. - Stocks around the world jumped on Monday after some of the hardest-hit areas offered sparks of hope that the worst of the coronavirus outbreak may be on the horizon. U.S. stocks climbed 4.5 percent in morning trading, following up on gains that were nearly as big in Europe and Asia. In another sign that investors are feeling more optimistic about the economy’s path, the yield on the 10-year Treasury rose toward its first gain in four days. To read more, click here.
11:04 a.m. Buses are replacing trains on the Waterbury branch line today. The reasons? Low ridership on the line during the coronavirus pandemic, allow more space for social distancing on buses and to accommodate work for the branch signalization project. Click here for schedule changes and more info.
10:46 a.m. - Effective today, daily hours at Bridgeport Hospital’s Fairfield Urgent Care Center, 309 Stillson Road, and Boston Post Road Urgent Care, 831 Boston Post Road, Milford, are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Weekday hours were previously 7 am - 7 pm. The reduced weekday hours will allow the redeployment of more staff to support inpatient care at the hospital’s Bridgeport and Milford campuses during the current COVID-19 outbreak.
COVID-19 drive-through testing continues to be offered by appointment only with physician order on the Bridgeport Hospital campus at 226 Mill Hill Ave., Bridgeport, and the Boston Post Road Medical Center in Milford.
For more information, contact the Yale New Haven Health COVID-19 call center at 833-ASK-YNHH (833-275-9644).
10:22 a.m. - As fields, arenas and stadiums sit vacant and silent, the desire for sports to return far exceeds the capacity among those who oversee them to determine when they will. Assessing probability is futile, but public health leaders indicate that fans and leagues should prepare for sports to remain absent not just for the coming months but into next year. Read more here.
10 a.m. - Gov. Ned Lamont, in partnership with the Connecticut Broadcasters Association, today announced the launch of the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” public service announcement campaign, telling Connecticut residents they have to stay home in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The ads will be placed with CBA members stations across radio and television, and they will also be translated into Spanish.
The campaign will feature multiple ads throughout the month of April and will air multiple times daily on participating member stations. All of the ads will also be shared on Lamont’s social media channels. The first spot, “Opposite Month,” was placed with stations today and is currently airing.
9:45 a.m. - One correction officer was injured and more than 100 inmates have been moved after two days of unrest connected to COVID-19 at Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in Enfield, state Department of Correction officials said. “The department is working around the clock to keep people safe and healthy during an unprecedented health pandemic,” DOC officials said in a statement. “The department has zero tolerance for acts of violence against DOC personnel, or orchestrated efforts to disrupt operations.” To read more, click here .
9:20 a.m. - Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and all of the attendant precautions, traffic on the state’s major roadways has dropped off precipitously, particularly on weekends. Data compiled by the State Department of Transportation show that from early March through the end of the month, traffic volume on most roads was down 40 to 50 percent on weekdays and as much as 70 percent on weekends. Click here to read more.
8:50 a.m. - To better respond to the needs of residents, New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker and City Health Department Director Martiza Bond announced on Monday that the New Haven Department of Public Health is rolling out a bi-lingual, public health campaign to educate residents to “Spread the facts, not the virus” and has expanded its SeeClickFix resident reporting tool to include four new categories specifically related to COVID-19. This expanded messaging and capability will allow residents to submit questions, report non-emergency issues, and access the most up to date information on best practices to of COVID-19.
The new COVID-19 portal allows residents to report directly to the New Haven Health Department when local businesses and organizations are not complying with mandated closures or when gatherings violate social distancing guidelines. SeeClickFix is not an emergency tool, but does direct anyone with COVID-19 related emergencies to a New Haven Health Department Emergency Hotline (203) 946-4949. Residents can also submit questions and concerns about COVID-19 and City policies and closures related to the epidemic.
8:26 a.m. - The state has tested a lower percentage of its residents for the coronavirus than neighboring New York, but Connecticut authorities are pledging to step up testing. As of Sunday evening, 23,270 coronavirus tests had been performed in Connecticut, compared to 283,621 in New York state.
That translates to about 0.65 percent of Connecticut’s population being tested for coronavirus, as of Sunday night. Read more here.
8:02 a.m. - From Stratford Mayor Laura Hoydick: The Stratford Health Department and State Department of Public Health have confirmed 59 COVID-19 cases in Stratford as of Sunday afternoon.
“Special thanks to the teachers at the Johnson and Soto schools who bagged and distributed food from the Connecticut Food bank to over 150 families on Saturday!
“I also want to thank the Wilcoxson Fathers Club who purchased 30 pints of Par-a-Dice Cream and delivered it to our Police, EMS, Main Street Fire Department and Huntington Fire Department!”
7:43 a.m. - There were 39 new confirmed coronavirus cases and one death announced Sunday, bring the Norwalk’s total to more than 500 cases and 20 deaths.
“It is truly sad that another resident has died as a result of this terrible virus. I offer heartfelt condolences to their family and loved ones during this very difficult time. Unfortunately, we know more positive cases are coming, and that means, more people dying. We can all do our part to slow the spread of coronavirus by treating this crisis seriously,” Rilling said. To read more, click here.
7:07 a.m. - New Haven now has seven firefighters and two police officers testing positive for COVID-19, part of 170 in the city with the virus, while the state Department of Health has reported the number of deaths in New Haven increased to four.
On the deaths, Mayor Justin Elicker said they are double checking with death certificates before talking in more detail as to who they are, except to say that they were elderly. The state was incorrect when it recently announced that two people had succumbed to the virus, when at that time it was only one. The details here.
Dr. Nathan Wood, a resident at Yale New Haven Hospital, recorded himself playing piano and singing “Lean On Me” a couple of weeks ago after seeing his first coronavirus patient in the ICU.
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I recorded this video a couple of weeks ago after leaving a night shift in the ICU having just admitted my first COVID patient. I went to bed soon after and didn't end up posting it (mostly because of how embarrassingly white it reveals me to be, LOL). But when I learned today that the singer-songwriter behind the song, Bill Withers, had passed away, I felt compelled to share ... despite my dance moves. I hope you're all staying healthy, and please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers. Let me know if you need somebody to lean on, —n8
6:06 a.m. - The first Darien resident has died of the coronavirus, according to an announcement from First Selectman Jayme Stevenson Sunday evening via Facebook live. Watch here.
Stevenson said she addressed the community in person on Sunday night to share the “sad news.” She said she could not add any further information due to privacy.
5:47 a.m. - Gov. Ned Lamont announced 24 new deaths associated with the coronavirus on Sunday, raising the state’s death toll to 189 and surpassing the number killed by the worst flu season on record. The state saw 399 more people test positive for COVID-19, increasing the total number of cases to 5,675 as of Sunday afternoon.
The death toll surpasses the 2017-18 flu season, when there were 184 Connecticut flu-related deaths. To read more, click here.
This week's full @FiringLineShow episode with CT @GovNedLamont is available online. He discusses the race to find PPE, increase hospital beds and keep businesses afloat with the Connecticut COVID-19 peak expected soon. https://t.co/mZEGc9g2sY— Firing Line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) April 4, 2020
As of Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m., the World Health Organization reports that there are 1,113,758 confirmed cases of coronavirus globally. The same report also says there have been 62,784 deaths associated with the virus.
A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has been diagnosed with coronavirus, according to a news release from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.
The death toll from coronavirus in New York City is nearing 2,500, according to the city’s health department. There have been 64,955 cases and 2,472 deaths from the virus.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it is critically important for people to follow federal guidelines, such as social distancing, to mitigate the damage the virus does as the United States approaches the peak of cases and deaths.
U.S. Navy Rear Admiral John P. Polowczyk, who is coordinating the movement of medical equipment for the Trump Administration, said three flights into the United States today delivered 1 million gowns, 2.8 million N95 masks, 2.8 million surgical masks and 11.8 million gloves, which will be distributed across the country as needed.
Deborah Birx, the coronavirus response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said there were hopeful signs in Italy and Spain, two countries hit especially hard by the virus, where case numbers have been dropping.
Trump said 1.67 million people have been tested for coronavirus and given results.
The president said an additional 600,000 N95 masks would be delivered to New York City on Monday. He said the federal government would also send 200,000 of the masks to Suffolk County in New York. He said millions of masks would be delivered across the country in the coming days. He also said the administration had been working to send ventilators to states they need them.
President Donald Trump called the fight against the coronavirus an “all-out military operation” in a press conference Sunday evening. He said his administration will have deployed over 3,000 military and public medical professionals to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other parts of the country by Tuesday.
Connecticut colleges and universities say a federal stimulus package doling out $14 billion to higher education is appreciate but not enough. See the full story here.
In a tweet, the Connecticut Department of Health said hospitals in the state are looking for volunteers with medical experience to help combat coronavirus.
According to data from the state, coronavirus has spread to 156 of the 169 municipalities in Connecticut. The state also reports that 15 percent of people 70 and over who have tested positive for coronavirus have died. Of the 5,675 people who had tested positive, 20 percent are between the ages of 50 and 59.
Boris Johnson, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, has been admitted the the hospital with coronavirus. He has previously tested positive for the virus.
In a press release, Norwalk Communications Manger Josh Morgan said there are 39 new positive cases in Norwalk, bringing the total positive reported cases in Norwalk to 503. He said there was also one new death reported, meaning 20 Norwalk residents have died as a result of coronavirus. In Fairfield County, the number of new positive cases went from 2,824 to 3,050.
As of 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there were 304,826 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. It said there had been 7,616 deaths associated with the disease.
In a tweet, Governor Ned Lamont said there were an additional 399 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Connecticut, bringing the total to 5,675. He said 1,142 patients have been hospitalized and 189 Connecticut residents have died from the virus. Lamont added that more than 23,270 people have been tested.
New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker gave an update on the city’s coronavirus response. He said there were 241 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Elm City and 9 deaths from the virus. He also said he had been receiving complaints from residents about grocery stores not enforcing social distancing. He said his administration is “prepared to close down stores if this continues to be an issue.”
1:55 p.m. - First Selectwomen Brenda Kupchick with a update on COVID-19 for Fairfield. “We currently have a total of 70 confirmed cases, and 4 deaths as a result of COVID-19. According to health professionals, those numbers are much higher - because not all infected residents have symptoms. “Every social interaction endangers us all.
“All Fairfield beaches, playgrounds, and open spaces remain closed. Our police department will now transition from encouragement to enforcement. Please do not visit any of the closed spaces in Fairfield.
“When you go out for food or medicine, please practice physical distancing. The CDC now advises everyone use a cloth face covering. See the Town COVID-19 websites for further guidance and direction on how to make a face covering.”
1:12 p.m. - Adjusting to the changes and travails of an online education present some unique challenges, but for several first-year college students, being back home in Westport is not all bad. “It’s the place where I feel most comfortable and safe,” said Zach Rogers, who began his studies at Tufts University in September.
Given the uncertainties of the time owing to the coronavirus and related stressors, he expressed gratitude to be among family and friends rather than on his own in Boston. Read more here.
12:55 p.m. - The Stratford Health Department and State Department of Public Health have confirmed 56 COVID-19 cases and Stratford's first confirmed COVID-19 related death.
12:35 p.m. - Americans braced for what the nation's top doctor warned Sunday would be “the hardest and saddest week” of their lives while Britain assumed the unwelcome mantle of deadliest coronavirus hotspot in Europe after a record 24-hour jump in deaths that surpassed even hard-hit Italy.
“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment,’’ U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams told “Fox News Sunday. Read more here.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that “the number of deaths over the past few days has been dropping for the first time.”
He added, “What is the significance of that? It’s too early to tell.”
“The interesting blip, maybe, in the data, or hopeful beginning of a shift in the data and the number of cases. Total number of new hospitalizations now, is 574, which obviously is much lower than previous numbers.”
ICU admissions are also down, he said, and the discharge of patients is up.
The worst news, he said, is the number of deaths in New York state that total 4,159.
Cuomo said it was too soon to determine whether the pandemic had reached its apex.
“We could either be very near the apex, or the apex could be a plateau and we could be on the plateau right now,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo said the next few days could give more evidence of what is happening with the virus in the state.
Cuomo sounded cautiously optimistic even as he urged New Yorkers to remain vigilant and continue adhering to the strict social distancing policies in place.
"The coronavirus is truly vicious,” he said. “It’s an effective killer. People who are very vulnerable must stay isolated and protected.”
11:35 a.m. - Today, New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker and New Haven Health Director Maritza Bond will be hosting virtual press availability regarding all updates surrounding the City’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Today’s virtual press briefing will be at 2:30 PM. The COVID-19 pandemic is evolving every day, and the City of New Haven wants to provide accurate and current information regarding the spread of the virus. All briefings are uploaded to the Mayor’s YouTube Page at bit.ly/MayorYouTube.
11:07 a.m - The Danbury City Council is expected to consider a program that would allow residents struggling during the coronavirus outbreak to defer their taxes. The program is among the items on City Council’s agenda for its 7:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting, which will be held virtually, Mayor Mark Boughton said. This would give taxpayers a 90-day extension to July 1 to make these payments, he said. Taxes normally must be paid from April 1 to May 4, he said. To read more, click here.
10:55 a.m. - The CT Judicial Branch is implementing a new procedure for the remote filing of temporary restraining orders, with a two-fold goal:
To reduce the number of people coming into the courthouses, for which filing a temporary restraining order is one of the few remaining permitted purposes;
To make it easier for victims of domestic violence to file, especially in this day of temporary courthouse closings and restricted mobility. To read more, click here.
10:45 a.m. - Out of an abundance of caution, CT Lottery’s headquarters in Rocky Hill is closed for deep cleaning, after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The positive test results came after the employee had been self-isolating at home and absent from the facility for more than two weeks.
During the current health crisis, the CT Lottery has implemented the following claims procedures:
Prizes up to $599 may be claimed in-person at CT Lottery retailers, or by mail. For mail-in instructions, visit www.CTLottery.org/ClaimPrize.
Prizes up to $5,000 may be claimed in-person at High-Tier Claim centers, or by mail.
Prizes $5,000 - $49,999 MUST be claimed by mail.
Prizes $50,000 and above must be made in-person at the CT Lottery’s Rocky Hill headquarters, and by appointment ONLY. To make an appointment, claimants should call (860) 713-2679. Please note, Lottery Retailers and High-Tier Claim Centers are privately owned businesses and may independently determine openings and closings. All details of the CT Lottery’s temporary changes during the outbreak are available on the CT Lottery’s website at www.CTLottery.org/PublicNotice. Any other questions or concerns about claims may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or (860) 713-2700.
10:22 a.m. - Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo said he has been inundated with calls, texts and emails from people who want to help. But the big question was how. Greenwich Comes Together was born out of that desire to help. The organization aims to turn that desire to help into action by getting vital equipment and support to medical professionals and first responders during this public health crisis. Read more here.
9:35 a.m. - From Fairfield police: As a reminder, all of Fairfield’s parks, beaches, Fields, open spaces and other recreational areas remain CLOSED until further notice.
“Despite these closures, officials continue to receive reports of individuals using these recreational areas. As a result, and for the health and safety of our residents and first responders, enforcement pertaining to these closures will begin tomorrow, Monday.
The Fairfield Police Department will continually patrol all closed areas and take appropriate enforcement action. Enforcement may include, but is not limited to, the issuance of $92 trespassing infractions.
“People's lives depend on every one of us and our commitment to following local, state and federal guidelines that tell us to remain home and restrict contact with only members of our households. We have the technology to stay socially connected while remaining physically distant. If you do need to venture away from your home, please be sure to follow all CDC guidelines. We will get through this together if we stay apart.
For more information and resources related to COVID-19 please go to http://www.fairfieldct.org
9:17 a.m - Ken Dixon is worried about Gov. Ned Lamont.
You’d figure he’d follow his own admonitions on social distancing.
As Dannel Malloy’s perseverance and leadership within the tragedy of the Newtown school massacre was the hallmark of his time in the governor’s office, this moment is Ned Lamont’s. But at 66, he’s in the coronavirus sweet spot. To read more, click here.
8:58 a.m. - The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced new measures at state parks including a ban on picnicking. “We will provide access to parks for solitary recreation for as long as possible, but we are closely monitoring their use and if social distancing is not being practiced, we will need to consider capacity reductions and closures,” DEEP said in a release. To read more, click here.
8:20 a.m. - Members of the Connecticut National Guard were at Stamford Hospital Saturday to begin repurposing a building on the site to help meet extra demand brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
“In preparation for a scenario where the demand for care is beyond that which our facility can currently accommodate, Stamford Health is working with the State of Connecticut and the National Guard to recommission the Wheeler Building on the Bennett Medical Center campus as an alternative care site,” Andie Jodko, spokeswoman for Stamford Health said.
7:50 a.m. - On Saturday, Southbury firefighters were dispatched to three different illegal burn calls. While spring has sprung and many of us are stuck at home with nothing better to do than our spring yardwork, it is very important that you follow proper procedures for burning and contact the fire marshal through town hall in order to acquire a burn permit. Please help us serve you in the most efficient manner possible.
7:22 a.m. - After the CDC recommendation to wear cloth face coverings in public, Wilton Social Services Director Sarah Heath is asking residents to assist Wilton’s seniors by dropping off homemade cloth masks in the bin in the donation shed in front of Police Headquarters. Sarah, along with Wilton Helping Hands, will distribute.
6:57 a.m. - The state confirmed 33 additional COVID-19-related deaths Saturday, the largest single-day increase since the crisis began, according to state testing data. The number of Connecticut who have died after testing positive rose to 165, the state said.
One by one, more and more municipalities — even small, rural ones — are feeling the tragic effects as the disease spreads. To read more, click here.
5:28 p.m. - Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says there are additional COVID-19 cases in the city that have not been reported in the state’s data released earlier this afternoon. In the data from the state, it indicates Danbury has 418 confirmed cases. Boughton says the number is likely about 40 or so higher.
4:47 p.m. - New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker says the city has signed an official agreement with University of New Haven to house first responders, roughly about 150 to 160 individuals.
4:45 p.m. - New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker says that the city’s peak in terms of hospitalized patients is expected sometime later this month or in early May, on target with what the city was expecting, he said.
4:30 p.m. - There has been an additional 362 positive cases of COVID-19 in Connecticut, bringing the total to 5,276 confirmed cases. There are 1,033 patients hospitalized and 165 fatalities. More than 22,000 residents have been tested.
4:15 p.m. - Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said FEMA approved the state’s request to add survivors of domestic violence to the groups of people for which Connecticut has been approved to use non-congregate housing for during the pandemic.
The state was previously approved to use non-congregate housing for the homeless, as well as for first responders and healthcare workers in need of a temporary place to live to avoid interacting with or spread infection to family members.
4:13 p.m. - With holiday including Passover and Easter on the horizon, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is urging residents to adjust to the new normal and celebrate with family over Zoom, FaceTime or other means.
3:50 p.m. - There is no fishing allowed in Bridgeport for the time being.
3:45 p.m. - North Branford has announced its first COVID-19-related death: a woman between the ages of 30 and 40.
2:30 p.m. - The Connecticut National Guard is repurposing a portion of Stamford Hospital to help with the coronavirus outbreak.
“In preparation for a scenario where the demand for care is beyond that which our facility can currently accommodate, Stamford Health is working with the State of Connecticut and the National Guard to recommission the Wheeler Building on the Bennett Medical Center campus as an alternative care site,” Andie Jodko, spokeswoman for Stamford Health, said in a release.
The organization has not yet decided how exactly they will use the repurposed building, according to Jodko.
2 p.m. - New York has reported an additional 630 deaths from coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 3,565, according to the Washington Post.
1:30 p.m. - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers called for an all-mail election Friday, as state residents prepare to vote for a Demoncratic Party presidential nominee and in a state Supreme Court race, according to the Associated Press.
The primary is expected to take place Tuesday.
“Republicans swiftly made clear their feeling that the election should continue as planned, and accused Evers of waffling under pressure from liberal groups,” according to the AP.
1 p.m. - General Dynamics Electric Boat President Kevin Graney has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Congressman Joe Courtney, who offered well-wishes and advice in a statement Saturday.
“Kevin is a talented engineer and shipbuilder, a good leader at the shipyard, and most importantly a really good person - we’re all rooting for him to get healthy as soon as possible, and it’s good to know that right now his symptoms are mild,” said Courtney.
“The top priority has to remain maintaining the health and safety of the thousands of hard-working men and women down at the shipyard who are working to meet real, tangible national security priorities in real time. Having been in constant contact with EB over these last challenging few weeks, I know that they are continually looking at additional ways to reduce risk for the people who work there. For example, reducing social contact as much as possible, expanding teleworking to more of the design workforce, and modifying shift schedules to reduce density. Based on my calls this morning, additional adjustments are being developed and accelerated. Lastly, my staff has been working with Navy acquisition leaders to adopt new, flexible rules on schedule and cost in its contracting process so that shipyards will not be penalized for adhering to CDC guidance.”
12:30 p.m. - The Connecticut Judicial Branch has further cut operating hours because of the coronavirus.
Beginning April 14, all courthouses will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice, Chief Court Administrator Patrick Carroll said. All courthouses will be closed this Tuesday as well.
Courthouses in Stamford, Danbury, Torrington, Milford and Middletown had already been shut down.
12 p.m. - New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo said he will sign an executive order “to allow medical students who were slated to graduate this spring to begin practicing now.”
“These are extraordinary times and New York needs the help,” Cuomo said on Twitter.
11:45 a.m. - Madison First Selectman Peggy Lyons has announced the town’s second coronavirus death.
Lyons struck a stern tone in the release she issued Saturday morning, indicating that social distancing was not optional. She referred to Gov. Ned Lamont Executive Order 7N, which prohibits gatherings of more than five people.
The police department would step up its efforts enforce the order, especially at beaches, according to Lyons.
11:10 a.m. - Trumbull First Selectman Vicki Tesoro has warned the town that police and park rangers will close the Pequonnock River hiking trail if there continues to be non-compliance with social distancing rules. Reports are that people are gathering in groups on the trail and illegally parking near entrances.
11 a.m. - Starting to think about lunch? We’ve compiled a database of takeout and delivery options for Connecticut residents.
10:30 a.m. - The Beardsley Zoo is offering young people the chance to be featured on their website as part of a new entertainment and educational opportunity.
Starting Friday, the zoo is inviting children to draw pictures and write letters for their favorite animals. They can also create a "zoo" at home out of stuffed animals and other toys and send in a photo. According to a release, the art will be featured on the zoo’s website and social media.
The new program called “Do You Have a Zoo at Your House?” is part of the zoo's virtual education initiative that started when the zoo closed to the public due to coronavirus. The Zoo also offers Facebook Live sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during which people can chat with zoo staff members to learn about the animals.
10 a.m. - 84 Shelton residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to health officials. Nearly 20 cases were reported in the last day.
9:30 a.m. - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez plans to seek a two-week extension of the national lockdown, according to the Washington Post.
Parliament would be asked to extend the measures until April 26, according to the Post.
9 a.m. - Inmates from the federal prison in Danbury, where cases of COVID-19 have emerged in recent days, will be among those released after an order Friday night from U.S. Attorney General William Barr to ease inmate populations in the face of the pandemic.
The Reuters news service reported a letter from Barr to the federal Bureau of Prisons ordering home confinement for some inmates at facilities in Oakdale in Louisiana, Elkton in Ohio and Danbury.
Earlier in the week, nine inmates were reported to have been infected with COVID-19 at the low and minimum-security Danbury Federal Correction Institution, which houses 1,075 male and female inmates in three units.
8:30 a.m. - Seven firefighters and two police officers have tested positive for the coronavirus in New Haven, according to Mayor Justin Elicker.
8 a.m. - An Amazon employee working at the company’s fulfillment center in North Haven has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Timothy Carter, an Amazon spokesman, said Friday that “we are supporting the individual who is recovering.” Carter provided no other details about the person who contracted the virus or when it was determined the individual tested positive.
“We are following guidelines from health officials and medical experts, and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site,” Carter said.
7:30 a.m. - As of Saturday morning, there were approximately 1,123,024 cases of the coronavirus worldwide, including 278,458 in the United States, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.