Dec. 29—Connecticut is slated to receive more than
"Economic help is on the way for small businesses and individuals," Gov.
Lamont called Trump's posturing "unnecessary ... grandstanding," but added he's glad the president eventually signed the stimulus package into law.
CHRISTMAS SURGE: Lamont is cautiously optimistic there won't be another surge in COVID-19 cases following the holidays.
Of the more than
Many will receive
However, the direct payments may increase to
Lamont said the direct payments may come as early as this week if direct deposit was used for the first round of stimulus checks, but added that unemployment benefits may come "next week, or soon thereafter."
He said the state will continue to provide funding to make up the difference for those earning less than
Schools throughout the state are expected to receive their portion of
There also will be
The new round of PPP loans, which are forgivable, provides an opportunity for relief for companies that didn't receive funding through the first round of loans, as well as those with no more than 300 employees and those with revenue loss due to the pandemic and received funding through the initial round of loans.
Glendowlyn Thames, deputy commissioner of the
The federal package also includes
It also provides
Lamont said that while the added funding is welcome, he is still hopeful the federal government will pass another stimulus package that provides aid to states and municipalities whose budgets have been significantly impacted by the pandemic.
Meanwhile, there has not yet been a large uptick in COVID-19 cases following Christmas, and Lamont is hopeful that doesn't change after New Year celebrations.
"They're probably going to go up a little bit," Lamont said of COVID-19 cases, but added that he's hopeful the spike won't be as significant as after
Since Thursday, an additional 8,457 people have tested positive for the virus in
An additional 113 people have died since Thursday, bringing the total number of fatalities linked to the virus to 5,904.
Of the nearly 140,000 tests conducted since Thursday, 6.05% came back positive, as the positivity rate remains steady after a spike following
Among those who tested positive was an unidentified member of Lamont's staff, the fourth member of the governor's staff to test positive for COVID-19.
Lamont's Chief of Staff
As of Monday, the state has administered more than 36,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is now available at 76 locations, with eight more expected to be added this week.
Staff and residents at 72 nursing homes have received their first doses, and Lamont expects about two-thirds of the state's long-term care facilities to do the same this week and the remainder by the middle of January.
"We're off to a great start," Lamont's Chief Operating Officer
Geballe noted the number of people who've been vaccinated is likely larger considering there's a time lag with some of the reporting from Walgreens and CVS, which are running vaccination clinics.
Geballe said that on both Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, more than 7,000 vaccinations were done each day. He said that's the "run rate" the state needs to meet when it begins receiving the 57,000 doses a week promised by the federal government.
Once widely available, Lamont is encouraging all residents to get vaccinated, including those who have been infected with the virus and recovered.
Geballe said the second phase of vaccinations, known as 1B, will include certain categories of front-line essential workers, people over age 75, and "potentially some other populations" the state's vaccine allocation committee is considering right now.
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