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Governor Lamont Provides Update on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts

Latest Data as of 3:00PM on Friday, August 13, 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 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 13, 2021:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases 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



Data on COVID-19 associated deaths is updated once per week every Thursday. The most recently reported total number of deaths is 8,307.

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.”

Connecticut’s SNAP-eligible households to receive additional emergency food benefits August 18

The Connecticut Department of Social Services today announced that it will deliver $32.1 million in Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to over 209,100 Connecticut households on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Monthly allocations of emergency SNAP benefits are going to all enrolled households, based on continuance of a declared public health emergency related to COVID-19 in Connecticut.

Authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, this federal allocation will provide a minimum of $95 in extra food aid to all enrolled families and individuals, raising the state’s total emergency SNAP funding to over $405.3 million since the COVID-19 pandemic began.


  • All 209,100 SNAP-eligible households statewide will receive the emergency benefits on their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards on August 18, 2021.
  • Households already eligible for the maximum monthly SNAP benefit will receive an extra $95.
  • The remaining households that don’t usually qualify for the maximum monthly SNAP benefit because of income or other factors will receive extra benefits of at least $95 but averaging an estimated $151 (depending on their specific benefit situation).
  • With this additional $32.1 million allocation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, emergency benefits are totaling over $405.3 million in additional SNAP assistance statewide over 16 months, with commensurate spending at supermarkets, groceries, farmers markets, and other food retailers.
  • The $95 increase results from President Biden’s January 22, 2021, executive order, which requires the USDA to consider new guidance allowing states to increase SNAP emergency benefit allocations for all households, including those previously ineligible to receive it. This increase is expected to be ongoing.
  • All households also received their normal SNAP benefits, including the previously announced 15% increase from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, on one of the first three days of the month as they normally do, according to last name.
  • If a household is granted regular SNAP benefits on or after Monday August 16, the additional SNAP benefits will be added to the EBT card on a Friday, depending on the date of granting.

For additional information about SNAP, visit

Next distribution of ‘Pandemic EBT’ food benefits going to 193,000 schoolchildren August 22

The Connecticut Department of Social Services, in collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education, today announced that $61 million in special food assistance benefits will be distributed Sunday, August 22, 2021, to the families of more than 193,000 schoolchildren who are enrolled in the free or reduced-price meals program and who receive services from the Department of Social Services.

This is the first distribution in the second round of food benefits that will go to a total of approximately 271,480 schoolchildren through the federal Pandemic EBT: Children in School program. This distribution of Pandemic EBT provides SNAP benefits to families of children who were learning remotely for at least part of month during the period of February 2021 through the end of the school year. An additional distribution for children who do not receive services from DSS is anticipated in September.


  • The Department of Social Services is issuing benefits to the households of 193,000 children currently enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Family Assistance (TFA), or HUSKY Health/Medicaid. The department will deposit Pandemic EBT food benefits onto the existing EBT accounts on August 22, 2021. For families in this benefit distribution that did not qualify for benefits in round one, new EBT cards will be mailed on August 20, 2021, and will arrive with instructions on how to activate them and access the food benefits.
  • 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 $316 per child.
  • Benefits can be used at any location that accepts SNAP/EBT cards. This includes famers markets and direct market farms. In fact, enrollees can double the value of Pandemic EBT or other SNAP benefits at farmers’ markets participating in CT Fresh Match. (More information on that program can be found at Pandemic EBT participants will also have online access to eligible food purchases through delivery or curbside pickup at participating retailers Amazon, Aldi and Price Chopper/Market 32 via Instacart, BJ’s Wholesale Clubs, Food Bazaar, ShopRite, and Walmart. For more information, visit

With this distribution of $61 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services, Pandemic EBT/Children in School and Pandemic EBT/Child Care benefits are now totaling $248.7 million in food assistance to more than 330,000 children statewide, with commensurate spending at supermarkets, groceries, farmers markets, and other food retailers. Many of the children receive multiple distributions.

Families do not need to apply for Pandemic EBT benefits, as the Department of Social Services and the State Department of Education use attendance information provided by schools to determine if children are eligible for the special food assistance.

The Department of Social Services and the 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 Pandemic EBT SNAP funding for children who participate in the free or reduced-price meals program 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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