Governor Lamont provides update on Connecticut’s coronavirus response efforts

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22/10/2021

Governor Lamont provides update on Connecticut’s coronavirus response efforts

Latest data at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021

(HARTFORD, CT) – As the state of Connecticut continues to take action in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates at 3:00 p.m. on Friday 22 October 2021:

Connecticut Testing Data Updates

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

General summary

Total

Change since yesterday

COVID-19 cases (confirmed and probable)

400 226

+453

COVID-19 tests reported (molecular and antigen)

11 637 773

+25 260

Daily positivity test

1.79%

Patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19

211

-13

Data on deaths associated with COVID-19 is updated once a week every Thursday. The most recently reported total number of deaths is 8,721.

County-by-county distribution of current hospitalizations related to COVID-19:

county

Current COVID-19 hospitalizations

Fairfield County

34

Hartford County

68

Litchfield County

ten

Middlesex County

8

New Haven County

62

New County of London

18

Tolland County

0

Windham County

11

Total

211

For a series of interactive charts and maps that provide additional data, including measures related to age, gender, and race / ethnicity, as well as data disaggregated by city and town of Connecticut, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click on the link titled “Data Tracker”.

Pandemic EBT Child Care Program Brings Additional Dietary Benefits to Over 34,800 Young Children in Connecticut October 24

The Connecticut Department of Social Services, in consultation with the State Department of Education and the Office of the Early Years, today announced that $ 13 million in special food aid allocations will be distributed on Sunday October 24, 2021 to families with more than 34,800 children. under 6 years of age and enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

This is the last major distribution in the current round of $ 119.1 million in food benefits going to nearly 282,900 schoolchildren and 34,800 beneficiaries of the SNAP child care program under the age of 6, as part of the ” Federal Pandemic EBT (or P-EBT).

Specific information on the October 24 distribution of EBT childcare benefits in the event of a pandemic:

  • The Department of Social Services will deposit benefits on existing SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards on October 24, 2021, to nearly 27,400 households (34,800 eligible children) who were under the age of 6 and were receiving SNAP benefits from state as of June 30, 2021, unless the child has already benefited from the Pandemic EBT Children in School program by being eligible for the free or discounted meal program at their school.
  • The Department of Social Services will also deposit benefits on existing SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards of SNAP-eligible households that received a newborn in July or August 2021.
  • The one-time additional benefit provided is $ 375 per child.
  • The Department of Social Services has already paid out benefits totaling $ 106 million to 282,900 schoolchildren eligible to receive free and discounted meals at their school at the end of the 2020-2021 school year on September 26, 2021 and September 10, 2021. October 2021 In total, the P-EBT program has provided Connecticut children with an additional $ 452.6 in SNAP benefits since the start of the pandemic.
  • Families do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits because the Department of Social Services uses eligibility information from SNAP to determine whether children are eligible for P-EBT child care benefits.

Benefits can be used at any location that accepts SNAP / EBT cards. This includes farmers’ markets and direct market farms. In fact, registrants can double the value of P-EBT or other SNAP perks at farmers’ markets participating in CT Fresh Match. Additional information about this program is available online at www.endhungerct.org/services/farmers-markets.

P-EBT attendees will also have online access to qualifying food purchases via curbside delivery or pickup at participating Amazon, Aldi, and Price Chopper / Market 32 ​​retailers through Instacart, BJ’s Wholesale Clubs, Food Bazaar, ShopRite. , Stop and Shop and Walmart. Further information on this subject is available at www.ct.gov/snap.

Food budgets can be stretched further with WIC. Households with children under 5, new parents, and pregnant or breastfeeding women may be eligible to receive healthy foods, free nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to helpful resources. To apply or find out more, visit portal.ct.gov/DPH/WIC/WIC.

The Department of Social Services received information from the State Department of Early Years and Education to implement the P-EBT child care plan, which was approved by the Department of Food and Nutrition Department of the United States Department of Agriculture. P-EBT Child Care SNAP funding was authorized by the Federal Coronavirus Response Act for Families First, with additional changes to the Standing Appropriations Act and the Other Extensions Act of 2021, as well as the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

Provide information to Connecticut residents

For the state of Connecticut’s most recent information on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus. Residents can also subscribe to state SMS alerts by submitting the keyword COVIDCT To 888-777.

People who have general questions that the website cannot answer can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Anyone out of state or in need of a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended for use by people who are symptom free but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone showing symptoms is strongly advised to contact their attending physician.

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