2020 coronavirus pandemic in Connecticut

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Connecticut
COVID-19 Cases in Connecticut by counties.png
Map of total confirmed cases as of 26 March 2020
   > 250 confirmed cases
   100-249 confirmed cases
   50-99 confirmed cases
   15-49 confirmed cases
   5-14 confirmed cases
   1-4 confirmed cases
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationConnecticut, U.S.
Index caseWilton
Arrival dateMarch 8, 2020
Confirmed cases3,824
Official website

The first case of COVID-19 in Connecticut was confirmed on March 8, although there had been multiple suspected cases before that point which tested negative. As of April 1, 2020, there are 3,824 positive cases and 112 deaths in the state.[1] Some state officials have speculated that there may be thousands of undiagnosed cases in the state.[2]


COVID-19 cases in Connecticut, United States  ()
     Deaths        Active cases and recoveries
# of cases
1(n.a.) 0
2(+100%) 0
3(+50%) 0
6(+100%) 0
11(+83%) 0
20(+82%) 0
26(+30%) 0
41(+58%) 0
68(+66%) 0
96(+41%) 0
159(+66%) 0
194(+22%) 0
223(+15%) 5
327(+47%) 8
415(+27%) 10
618(+49%) 12
875(+42%) 19
1,012(+16%) 21
1,291(+28%) 27
1,524(+18%) 33
1,993(+31%) 34
2,571(+29%) 36
3,128(+22%) 69
3,557(+14%) 85
3,824(+8%) 112
Cases: The number of cases confirmed in Connecticut.


In late-January, 2020, two students living in Connecticut were monitored for displaying coronavirus-like symptoms. The first student attended Wesleyan University in Middletown and was confirmed to not have the virus, and instead had a case of the flu on January 27.[3] The second student monitored for the virus was attending the 2020 Yale Model United Nations Conference at Yale University in New Haven, and was also diagnosed with the flu, not coronavirus, on January 31.[4] On January 28, a student from Uncasville who had traveled to China was suspected to carry the virus was confirmed not to, and was cleared to return to school on January 29.[5]

On February 6, the Connecticut Department of Public Health released a document with information intended for schools to prevent the spread of the virus. The document advocated for those who had been to China recently to self-monitor for 14 days, and that those exhibiting no symptoms after the 14 day period were able to return to their normal lives.[6][7]

In late February, greater precautions were undertaken by different organizations to be prepared for the eventual spread of the virus into Connecticut.[8] On February 25, the University of New Haven suggested that all students in Italy should return to the United States.[9] A laboratory in Rocky Hill was approved by the United States Centers for Disease Control to test for the coronavirus.[10]


March 1–2

On March 1, two of Connecticut's neighbors, Rhode Island and New York, were confirmed to have cases of the virus within the states.[11] On the same day, both the Connecticut state governor Ned Lamont and the United States surgeon general spoke at a Connecticut Department of Public Health laboratory in Rocky Hill, which had been previously approved to test for the virus.[12] On March 2, two suspected cases of coronavirus in Connecticut were confirmed to be negative[13]

Connecticut governor Ned Lamont with senator Richard Blumenthal and US surgeon general Jerome Adams discussing the state and federal response to the coronavirus outbreak on March 2

March 3–4

Southern Connecticut State University suspended all institutionally-supported travel to nations including Italy, China, South Korea, and Japan on March 3 to try to prevent the spread of the virus.[14] On March 4, it was revealed that a Meriden-based company had began research on a vaccine for SARS-Cov-2.[15]

March 5–6

On March 5, over 200 people in Connecticut were advised to self-monitor for symptoms.[16] An employee at Danbury hospital and Norwalk hospital was confirmed to have the coronavirus on March 6, which marked the first confirmed coronavirus case that could be linked to Connecticut. The person infected lived in New York however, and was quarantined in Westchester county, where she lived.[17]

March 7–8

On March 8, the first confirmed case in the state was reported in the town of Wilton. The patient is between the ages of 40 and 50 and is believed to have contracted the virus during a trip to California.[18]

March 9

A second positive case of coronavirus was confirmed on March 9. The patient is a female in her 60s who is a healthcare worker at Bridgeport Hospital.[19]

March 10

On March 10, governor Ned Lamont declared a civil preparedness and public health emergency in response to the coronavirus.[20]

March 13

On March 13, governor Lamont ordered all schools to close after March 16 until at least March 31.[21]

Nearly empty freezers at a Big Y grocery store in Cheshire, Connecticut on 14 March 2020 after hoarding reaction to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic

March 27

Dr. Cory Edgar, 48, of the University of Connecticut Health Center was arrested and charged with a breach of peace misdemeanor for coughing and hugging coworkers. Edgar is in good health and is not believed to have Covid-19.[22]Sen Chris Murphy (D-CT) said that administration officials turned down an offer of congressional funding made on February 5.[23]

March 28

President Trump decided against imposing a broad two-week lockdown on New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut; however, the CDC advised residents of the region not to travel except for essential purposes.[24]



In college sports, the National Collegiate Athletic Association cancelled all winter and spring tournaments, most notably the Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments, affecting colleges and universities statewide.[25] On March 16, the National Junior College Athletic Association also canceled the remainder of the winter seasons as well as the spring seasons.[26] In addition, CIAC, which regulates high school athletics in the state cancelled winter championship tournaments and is reported to currently be discussing the future of spring sports.[citation needed]


Over 30,000 unemployment claims have been filed between Friday, March 13, and Tuesday, March 17 in Connecticut.[27] Many of these unemployment claims have been associated with the laying-off of employees of businesses unable to afford to maintain their entire staff during the outbreak, as well as due to the closure of businesses reliant on public and social interactions such as bars and gyms.[28][2]

Xenophobia and Racism

In response to racism surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, Connecticut governor Ned Lamont stated during a speech at the Connecticut Department of Public Health's laboratory in Rocky Hill that "there is no link between race or ethnicity and the spread of coronavirus. Viruses do not discriminate."[13]


Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order requiring the closure of all Connecticut public schools schools on March 17 until April 20, however it is possible that closure will be extended. Lamont also encouraged private schools and other non-public schools to follow the same schedule.[29] Many colleges in Connecticut switched to virtual learning.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ "Coronavirus". - Connecticut's Official State Website. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  2. ^ a b Keating, Alex Putterman, Chris. "Daily updates: Connecticut likely has thousands of cases of COVID-19, top health official says, as coronavirus continues to affect all aspects of state". Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  3. ^ "2 students in CT monitored for coronavirus, school releases results for 1". WFSB. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  4. ^ "Governor Lamont Announces Second Connecticut Patient Tests Negative for Coronavirus". - Connecticut's Official State Website. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  5. ^ "Montville Student Who Experienced Symptoms Similar to Coronavirus Cleared to Return to School". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  6. ^ Coleman-Mitchell, Renée (2020). Information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) for K-12 Schools (PDF). Connecticut Department of Public Health.
  7. ^ "CT DPH Issues New Guidance on Coronavirus". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  8. ^ Lambert, Ben (2020-02-26). "Connecticut officials preparing for coronavirus to spread". New Haven Register. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  9. ^ Lambert, Ben (2020-02-25). "University of New Haven recommends students in Italy return as coronavirus spreads". New Haven Register. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  10. ^ "CT lab approved to test for Coronavirus rapidly speeding up response". Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  11. ^ Brindley, Emily. "Rhode Island, New York announce first coronavirus cases". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  12. ^ "US Surgeon General, Gov. Lamont speak at DPH lab in Rocky Hill". Fox 61. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  13. ^ a b "Two Test Negative For Coronavirus In CT". Fairfield Daily Voice. 2020-03-02. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  14. ^ "Coronavirus Update from President Joe | Southern Connecticut State University". Inside Southern. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  15. ^ Graziano, Frankie. "Effort To Develop Coronavirus Vaccine Underway In Connecticut". New England Public Radio. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  16. ^ "At Least 200 People in CT Have Been Told to Self-Monitor for Coronavirus Symptoms". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  17. ^ "Conn. Hospital Employee Marks First Case of Coronavirus Connected to the State". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  18. ^ Times, The New York (8 March 2020). "Coronavirus in Connecticut: Governor Announces First Case of Resident". The New York Times. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  19. ^ "THE LATEST: 68 test positive for COVID-19 in the state". WFSB. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  20. ^ "Gov. Lamont declares civil preparedness, public health emergencies in response to coronavirus. What does that mean for you?". 10 March 2020. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  21. ^ "Gov. Lamont Issues Executive Order to Close All Schools After Monday".
  22. ^ A Connecticut doctor has been charged after authorities said he deliberately coughed on his coworkers by Sarah Al-Arshani, Business Insider, 27 Mar 2020
  23. ^ Senator says White House turned down emergency coronavirus funding in early February by Suzanne Smalley, Yahoo News, 27 March 2020
  24. ^ Coronavirus: Trump decides against quarantine of New York region by Paul HANDLEY, AFP, 28 Mar 2020
  25. ^ NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships NCAA, March 12, 2020
  26. ^ NJCAA cancels spring sports, basketball nationals amid coronavirus outbreak, March 16, 2020
  27. ^ Singer, Stephen. "Connecticut unemployment claims reach 30,000 since Friday as coronavirus takes toll on state's economy". Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  28. ^ "Coronavirus closures: Nearly 8,000 people have applied for unemployment since Friday, CT Department of Labor says". 2020-03-16. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  29. ^ "Coronavirus Closures: What's Open and What's Closed". NBC Connecticut. Retrieved 2020-03-19.
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