Connecticut Ramps Up Testing, Donating 60,000 Laptops To Students

Ned Lamont
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HARTFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said the state is looking to dramatically increase healthcare capacity as they expect the coronavirus to continue to grow.

The state on Monday confirmed 415 positive cases with 10 fatalities. Meanwhile, they’ve managed to test about 900 more people from Sunday, bringing the state total to 4,500 tested.

Lamont believes 15% of all positive cases in the state of Connecticut will be hospitalized and some will need to be placed in ICU.

With these statistics, Lamont said the state was “working at warped speed” to increase the amount of hospital space in the state.

Already, they’ve identified about 2,000 nursing home beds that will be made available for COVID-19 patients and the state has deployed mobile field hospitals.

Additionally, since colleges and schools throughout the state are closed, they are working to retrofit dormitories to serve patients coming out of the hospital.

Lamont notes that the ARMY Corps of Engineers will be coming to Connecticut in the near future to set up additional space and FEMA is already sending funding and resources to assist.

The efforts come as the state has ordered all non-essential business to close at 8 p.m.

Schools and colleges have already closed, and Lamont on Monday confirmed they would remain shut until at least April 20.

As students switch to online learning, Connecticut will donate 60,000 laptops to high school students that do not have access to their own.

Lamont is urging residents to sign up for cell phone alerts about the coronavirus emergency.