News of the coronavirus hitting had been ramping up quickly that day. With two cases already confirmed among hospital workers within Connecticut’s health network, confirmation of the first presumptive positive case in the state broke around noon on Sunday, March 8.
Our team of almost 200 newsroom staff at Hearst Connecticut Media Group was doing what journalists do — bringing our readers important news in the time of a crisis. Public-service journalism, which results in societal good or change, runs deep in our veins. It fuels us to act quickly, responsibly and thoroughly, heightened furthermore at a time that has now become a global pandemic.