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 30th:
Yesterday, FEMAapprovedGovernor Lamont’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Connecticut in response to COVID-19. This allows all eight counties to be reimbursed for 75 percent of the costs associated with their emergency protective measures. Connecticut is still waiting to hear back from FEMA on the other disaster request that would increase individual assistance for food, unemployment, and child care. The CT delegationjoinedtogether on Friday in asking the White House to quickly approve the state’s request for support.
Last week, Congress passed and President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. A lot of people have questions about what’s in the CARES Act. Am I eligible for direct cash payments? Can I apply for unemployment? What help is there for small businesses? Visitmurphy.senate.gov/coronavirusto check out a summary of what’s in the CARES Act and answers to frequently asked questions.
Senator Murphy also did a Facebook Live today on the CARES Act and answered questions from constituents. Click here towatch the conversation.
Today, Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merill and the Connecticut Congressional Delegation announced that Connecticut would receive $5.4 Million in federal funding for voting security and safety. These funds will help ensure the safety of the 2020 elections in Connecticut and help expand voting access during this public health crisis.
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
If you're struggling with your mental health during this crisis, you are not alone. Text SHARE to 741741 for free, 24/7 support from the Crisis Text Line.
In Connecticut, we have a network of domestic violence programs that can be accessed 24/7 by calling 888-774-2900. The programs provide shelter for victims of domestic violence, as well as counseling and other support services.
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.