Take a Hike! DEEP: Connecticut Parks and Forests Are Open For “Solitary Outdoor Enjoyment”

While Gov. Ned Lamont is urging Connecticut residents to stay home to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the state parks and forest remain open — as long as visitors practice social distancing.

The state Department of Energy and Environment Protection said the trails and grounds of all state parks and forests are open for “solitary outdoor enjoyment.”

“If you plan on visiting a park, it should be for solitary recreation, not group activities,” DEEP said.

Those planning to get in some alone time at one of the state parks or forests should keep in mind that most park and forest restrooms are closed, DEEP said.

The agency reminded residents that if they notice crowds forming at a park to choose a different park, trail or come back a different day.

“Instead of choosing a more popular spot like Hammonasset Beach State Park, Sleeping Giant State Park or Bluff Point State Park, try a park you may not have visited before or one close to your home,” DEEP said.

The full list of state parks can be found on the DEEP website.

Gov. Lamont released clarifying details for his “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order and signed an Executive Order. Read more

Currently eight people have now died and 327 have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Gov. Ned Lamont. 

Update on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts

Key Points:

Since yesterday, an additional 104 Connecticut residents have tested positive, bringing the statewide total to 327.

More than 3,600 tests have been conducted among the state and private labs to date. Approximately 51 people are hospitalized and there have been 8 deaths.

Governor Lamont is currently working on another executive order – his eleventh since the emergency declaration was made – that takes several additional actions.
That executive order will be released Sunday evening.

The Department of Economic and Community Development is preparing guidance to Connecticut businesses for implementation of the governor’s executive order directing the statewide closure of all non-essential, in-person business functions effective 8PM on Monday, March 23. That guidance will also be released Sunday evening.

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 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

Since yesterday’s update, an additional 104 Connecticut residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 327. To date, more than 3,600 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories.

A county-by-county breakdown includes:

CountyLaboratory Confirmed CasesHospitalized CasesDeaths
Fairfield County208205
Hartford County54131
Litchfield County1230
Middlesex County630
New Haven County2990
New London County310
Tolland County1422
Windham County100

Since yesterday, three more Connecticut residents died from complications of COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to eight. They include:

  • A man in his 80s who was a resident of a nursing home in Stafford Springs and recently hospitalized at Johnson Memorial Hospital (not to be confused with another man in his 80s who was also a resident of a nursing home in Stafford Springs and being treated at the same hospital, whose passing was reported in yesterday’s update);
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a private home in Rocky Hill and recently hospitalized at Hartford Hospital; and
  • A woman in her 80s who was a resident of a private home in New Canaan and recently hospitalized at Norwalk Hospital.

For several additional charts and tables on testing performed in Connecticut, including a town-by-town breakdown of positive cases in each municipality, visit ct.gov/coronavirus.

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