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COVID-19: CT Schools Will Stay Closed Until At Least May 20, Lamont Says

Schools will be closed until at least Wednesday, May 20 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Schools will be closed until at least Wednesday, May 20 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Photo Credit: Die4kids (Creative Commons/Wikipedia) GNU Free Documentation License

Schools in Connecticut will remain closed through at least the middle of May as the state continues combating the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont met with Connecticut State Department of Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona and announced that schools will not be re-opened until Wednesday, May 20 or later.

The governor noted that hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have been plateauing in the region, which is a sign that social distancing and “stay at home” orders have been effective in slowing the spread of the virus.

“This is the lowest amount in two weeks,” Lamont said during a conference call on Thursday, April 9. “The curve is beginning to bend a little bit. 

"Even those hospitals in southern Fairfield County that were hit first, still have the capacity. In a very slight way. We’re gaining capacity now.”

As of Wednesday, April 8, there were 8,781 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Connecticut - including 4,417 in Fairfield County - that have hospitalized 1,418 people. There have been 335 deaths statewide since the outbreak began.

Lamont is expected to release more information during his daily COVID-19 news briefing later on Thursday afternoon. 

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