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Governor Lamont Provides Update on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts

Latest Data as of 12:00PM on Friday, April 2, 2021

(HARTFORD, CT) – As the State of Connecticut continues taking actions in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 2, 2021:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary


Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases (confirmed and probable)



COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)



Daily Test Positivity



Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19



COVID-19 Associated Deaths



County-by-county breakdown of current COVID-19 hospitalizations:


Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Fairfield County


Hartford County


Litchfield County


Middlesex County


New Haven County


New London County


Tolland County


Windham County




For a series of interactive graphs and maps that provide additional data, including metrics related to age, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as data broken down by every town and city in Connecticut, visit and click the link that is labeled, “Data Tracker.”

Department of Social Services announces that 220,000 children enrolled in school meals program will receive additional SNAP benefits in April through ‘Pandemic EBT’ program

The Connecticut Department of Social Services, in collaboration with the State Department of Education, today announced that $88.6 million in special food assistance benefits will be going in April to families of nearly 220,000 schoolchildren in the state who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals programs.

Funded through the federal “Pandemic EBT” (or P-EBT) program, the new benefits will help ensure that eligible children in pre-kindergarten through high school can purchase food to support learning from home or in hybrid models during the public health emergency.


  • P-EBT food benefits will be deposited in the electronic benefit transfer accounts of about 59,500 households (representing 101,187 children) currently enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on April 11. An additional 586 households (representing 997 children) enrolled in the Temporary Family Assistance Program but not currently enrolled in SNAP will also receive P-EBT benefits in their accounts at that time.
  • The Department of Social Services will mail EBT cards to about 69,600 households (representing 117,486 children) not currently enrolled in SNAP, and will deposit P-EBT food benefits into their new accounts on or about April 11 for Medicaid-enrolled households; and on or about April 25 for the other households, including those with children attending a school participating in the Community Eligibility Provision, in which all children are eligible for free meals. These are households that do not currently have EBT cards because they are not enrolled in SNAP or cash assistance.
  • Benefits may differ from student to student and depend on the learning model the child was in each month, with an average benefit amount estimated at $374 per child.
  • Benefits can be used at any location that accepts SNAP/EBT cards. This includes farmers’ markets and direct market farms. In fact, enrollees can double the value of P-EBT or other SNAP benefits at farmers’ markets participating in Connecticut Fresh Match, found online at P-EBT participants will also have online access to eligible food purchases through delivery or curbside pickup at participating retailers Amazon, Aldi via Instacart, ShopRite, and Walmart (more at
  • The children served will include 217,466 public school students and 2,204 private school students who participate in the free or reduced-price meals program.

Families do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits, as the Department of Social Services and State Department of Education will use attendance information provided by schools to determine if children are eligible for P-EBT. For more information, visit

This round of P-EBT benefits covers September 2020 through January 2021, and totals approximately $88.6 million. The next round of P-EBT benefits is expected at the end of the school year, covering the months of February 2021 onward. During the 2019-2020 school year, the first round of P-EBT delivered $105.7 million in food assistance.

The Department of Social Services and State Department of Education are partnering to implement the P-EBT plan, which was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. The P-EBT SNAP funding for children who participate in the free or reduced-price school meals was authorized by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, with additional amendments made in the Continuing Appropriations Act and Other Extensions Act of 2021, as well as the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit Residents can also subscribe to text message alerts from the state by texting the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Anyone who is out-of-state or requires a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms are strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

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