Anti-Racism Resources: Educate Yourself

Diving into the world of anti-racism for the first time can be confronting. It may feel challenging to understand your place and where to begin with educating yourself. Luckily, there are endless resources online to help you learn about anti-racism work, dismantle the unconscious biases that exist within yourself, and take action to create aRead More

State launches new “Talk It Out” hotline for families to relieve stress of caring for children during pandemic

Parents and caretakers in need of help with the stress and increased needs resulting from caring for their children during the COVID-19 crisis are invited to call the state’s new “Talk It Out” hotline to receive assistance. An initiative of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, the hotline provides support from trained professionals whoRead More

Connecticut Residents are Now Required to Wear Face Masks or Cloth Coverings in Public

Governor Lamont signed his 29th executive order since the statewide emergency declaration. Lamont says the order builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the coronavirus. Per the order, on April 21, 2020, any person in a public place in Connecticut who is unable to or does not maintain a safe socialRead More

People are Panicking to Buy Chickens Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Since the coronavirus drove everyone indoors to shelter in place and practice social distancing, grocery stores have been experiencing shortages as a result of some people hoarding supplies. It’s hard to find toilet paper, yeast and flour right now, and people are jury-rigging face masks at home because they can’t buy them elsewhere. Among the shortagesRead More

Lamont Announces Launch of Connecticut’s First Rapid COVID-19 Testing Center

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut has formed a partnership with CVS Health in an initiative that will make free, rapid COVID-19 tests available to eligible Connecticut residents. This includes the opening today of the state’s first rapid testing site at the former Gateway Community College campus at Long Wharf inRead More

Letter: Veterans Strong Community Center Remains “Open” to Assist Veterans

I am writing to let each of you know that during these unprecedented times, Veterans Strong Community Center is still “open” and remains committed to serving Veterans – Past, Present and Future.  While we may not be able to assist face-to-face, we are able to connect via phone, text, email and social media.  The cellRead More

Torrington to Hold Parade for Healthcare Workers

First responders in Torrington this afternoon will be honoring healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic by holding a Parade of Heroes. The parade will begin at the Torrington Fire Department at 1 p.m. and proceed to several health-care facilities in town. Torrington Fire Department ladder trucks, Torrington police cruisers, public works vehicles and ambulanceRead More

Stop & Shop Now Requires CT Staff and Customers to Wear Masks: Poll: Will You Wear It?

Most customers and employees at businesses in Connecticut that are still operating are now required to wear masks, according to a new state order. Stop&Shop grocery store chain announced that all shoppers across the state would be required to wear a mask when in their stores moving forward. Stop & Shop has issued a directiveRead More

CVS to Open 2 Coronavirus Testing Facilities in Connecticut

CVS Health is uniquely positioned to play a vital role in helping support both local communities and the overall health care system in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Our ability to help coordinate the availability of rapid COVID-19 testing will bolster states’ efforts to manage the spread of the virus and provide people with on-the-spot testRead More

New Coronavirus Poll: High Marks for Lamont, Low Marks for The State’s Economy

A new Sacred Heart University poll finds that Connecticut residents approve of the job done so far by Gov. Ned Lamont during the coronavirus pandemic. The poll surveyed 1,000 Connecticut residents on questions about how Lamont and other state officials have been handling the pandemic in the state. It also gauged the economic toll onRead More

Connecticut Health Professors Share Expertise on Coronavirus

Fight the pandemic with social distancing, self-isolation and good hygiene habits During this time of self-isolation and social distancing, people may be going stir crazy, and wondering whether the ban on gatherings will ever end. But everyone must remember to do their part to “flatten the curve,” say Sacred Heart University public health experts. What does ‘flattenRead More

ESPN and NFL to Combine For NFL Draft Telecast in Bristol

ESPN and NFL Network will join forces for this year’s NFL draft. They will produce a broadcast that will air on both networks over all three days. The April 23-25 draft was originally scheduled to be in Las Vegas, but has been moved due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will now originate from ESPN’s headquartersRead More

10 Creeptacular ‘Makes Your Hair Stand on End’ Places to Visit in Connecticut

Once you’ve had your fill of the coronavirus stay at home pandemic, and it is safe to venture out, explore the rich US colonial history that makes Connecticut one of the nation’s most haunted destinations. Bewitched bars and restaurants, horrifying hotels, macabre old mansions, creepy cemeteries, and hair-raising hospitals abound in the Nutmeg State. EachRead More

5 Things You Should Know About the Coronavirus Outbreak

By Kathy Katella originally published: January 23, 2020. Updated: April 13, 2020. COVID-19 is changing daily life in the United States as SARS-CoV-2, the new virus responsible for spreading the disease, continues to sweep across the country. The U.S., which declared a national emergency in mid-March, now has the most detected cases in the world. Americans areRead More

List: 80 Best Pandemic Movies to Watch While Home

This list has been periodically updated to include new titles. The coronavirus has officially forced much of the world into voluntary or involuntary quarantine. Confined to the relative comforts of our own homes, isolated individuals are turning to their streaming services for some iota of connection in a socially distanced world. While some viewers are coping byRead More

Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Burlington and Harwinton

I am proud and inspired to be part of the caring community that is the CT-76th House District. In this time of Covid-19 crisis, the members of our district have stepped up to support each other in creative ways, big and small. On our local social media pages, I have seen calls to action byRead More

AARP Urges Connecticut Lawmakers to Temporarily Suspend Privacy Laws For Nursing Home Residents

AARP is urging Connecticut residents to petition state lawmakers to temporarily suspend privacy laws that effectively prevent nursing home residents from communicating with family members during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. For several weeks, nursing home visits have been banned, except in “compassionate care” circumstances.  In addition, privacy laws currently prohibit cameras in nursing homes. ThisRead More

Updated List of Nursing Homes with Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Among 215 nursing homes in CT, 107 have had at least one confirmed case of COVID-19. A total of 1522 nursing home residents with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 have been identified of whom 394 were hospitalized and 212 have died. Governor Lamont recently signed an executive order implementing the medical surge plan for long-term care facilities, which will establishRead More

Connecticut Men Need a Haircut: Tips

There is a lot more to think about right now than hair but it’s more than just hair. It’s also about the people that do hair. One of the many industries impacted by the coronavirus is hair and beauty services. Even before public health orders closed down barbershops and hair salons in some states, manyRead More

Connecticut Woman Gets Creative to Visit Her Loved One in a Nursing Home

NBC Connecticut reports a Riverton woman found a creative way to say hello to her stepdad at his nursing home in Canton amid the coronavirus pandemic. Lacey Lizzi said her stepfather Arthur has been her best friend since she was 10 and was placed in Cherry Brook Health Care Center in January. Before the coronavirusRead More

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