Below please find the Murphy office update on COVID-19. As always, if you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact our Hartford or Washington DC offices.
Here's what you need to know today, March 26th:
Today, Senator Murphy joined Governor Ned Lamont and Senator Richard Blumenthal at a press conference in Hartford to update Connecticut residents on the federal response to COVID-19. Clickhereto watch their update.
Last night, the Senate passed a third COVID-19 relief bill to help workers, families, hospitals and their staff, small businesses, and the unemployed. The bipartisan legislation includes direct cash payments for low and middle-income families, money to hospitals and health systems, increased funding for unemployment insurance, forgivable loans to small businesses, increased funding for food assistance programs, and more. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the legislation tomorrow. Once the legislation has been signed into law, our office will have additional resources on how individuals and small businesses can get assistance.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health is asking health care professionals, such as retired nurses and doctors, to consider volunteering their services at a medical facility in Connecticut. Those willing to volunteer should fill out the online form located at ctresponds.ct.gov
Governor Lamont and the CT Department of Economic development launched the Small Business Bridge Loan Program, which is designed to help small businesses employing less than 100 people and non-profits affected by the #coronavirus. For more info visithttps://bit.ly/2ybkRLC
Yesterday it wasannouncedthat students at UConn and the four Connecticut state universities will be refunded for room and board, after their semesters were cut short and students shifted to online classes due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Red Cross is experiencing a shortage of blood donations after thousands of blood drives were canceled around the country to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. A number of appointment-only blood drives are being organized throughout Connecticut. To make an appointment in your area, visitwww.redcrossblood.org
I hope you found this letter helpful. You can get the latest updates on Senator Murphy's work in the Senate by following him on Facebook and Instagram. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our offices in Hartford or in Washington, DC.