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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in many locations internationally, including in the United States. The disease has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

In Connecticut and throughout the world, influenza (flu) activity is high. The CDC encourages all people aged 6 months and older to be vaccinated. It is not too late to get vaccinated for the flu. Check with your healthcare provider, call your local health department, or visit the HealthMap Vaccine Finder (adults) for availability of flu vaccinations. 

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Last Update: April 6, 2020 | 3:15 p.m.
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on Connecticut’s response

Last Update: April 6, 2020 | 6:00 p.m.

Latest Guidance:

  • Stay Safe, Stay Home: The Governor signed an executive order directing Connecticut residents to "Stay Safe, Stay Home." It orders all nonessential businesses statewide to prohibit in-person functions. This remains in effect until April 22, unless modified. Guidance has been issued to the state's businesses.
  • Travelers: Any person coming into Connecticut by any mode of transportation for any reason is strongly urged to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Gatherings: All social and recreational gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited. This includes things such as sports, parades, concerts, festivals, live performances, and conventions. Religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings of more than 50 are prohibited. This remains in effect through April 30, unless modified.
  • Food establishments: Restaurants and bars that serve food are required to provide take-out and delivery services for off-premise consumption only. These establishments must limit entrance of customers to the minimum extent necessary to pick up and/or pay for orders, and use touchless payment if available. This order remains in effect through April 30, unless modified.
  • Retail establishments: Stores that are permitted to stay open under the "Stay Safe, Stay Home" executive order must follow "Safe Store Rules" that several requirements, such as a cap on occupancy at 50% capacity, and floor markings measuring 6 feet must be at checkout lines, among other items. Guidance has been issued detailing all of the "Safe Store Rules."
  • Gyms, movie theaters, hair and nail salons: All gyms, fitness centers, and similar sports venues; theaters and cinemas; and hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas, and tattoo parlors are closed until April 30, unless modified.
  • Schools: Classes at all public schools are canceled through April 20, unless modified.