The number of coronavirus cases in Connecticut has climbed to 3,557 with 85 deaths statewide.
An infant just 7-weeks-old is among the new deaths in Connecticut.
Gov. Ned Lamont initially said the child was 6-week-old.
The infant girl was from Hartford, according to Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, who clarified the child's age as 7-weeks old.
The child was brought to the hospital unresponsive last week and could not be revived, Gov. Lamont said.
Dr. James Gill, the state’s chief medical examiner, tells the Associated Press the infant had no other known medical conditions. An autopsy has been done but more tests are needed before a cause of death can be determined, he said.
The child is likely the youngest-ever victim of COVID-19, Lamont said.
Lamont released the new numbers on Wednesday afternoon after touring a FEMA field hospital set up inside the Moore Field House on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University.
The new numbers include an increase of 429 COVID-19 cases and 16 more deaths.
Here is a breakdown of the cases by county:
- Fairfield County: 1,986
- New Haven: 611
- Hartford County: 469
- Litchfield County: 131
- Middlesex County: 66
- New London County: 29
- Tolland County: 61
- Windham County: 19
GROCERY STORE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDANCE
The governor is urging residents to do what they can to keep supermarket employees healthy by staying six feet away from employees and other shoppers, to send only one family member to the store if possible, use credit cards rather than cash if you can, limit contact and, if you choose to wear gloves, properly dispose of them after you leave the store. In an executive order signed Wednesday, Lamont released specific guidance for stores, including limited occupancy to 50% of a store's capacity.
INSURANCE POLICY GRACE PERIOD
The governor also announced Wednesday a 60-day grace period for premium payments, policy cancellations and non-renewals of insurance policies beginning Wednesday, April 1, to help those unable to pay during the crisis. This includes life, health, automotive, casualty and other types of insurance plans. The grace period is not automatic - those wishing to take advantage of it must provide information to their insurance carriers.
RELIEF FROM CERTAIN MUNICIPAL TAX DEADLINES
The governor is also requiring cities and towns to look at options to provide temporary tax forbearance for property tax collection and interest on delinquent payments under certain conditions.
Lamont issued an executive order on Tuesday that authorizes the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to prohibit walk-in visitors at state parks. DEEP also plans to limit parking capacity at some parks to help manage the number of visitors.
State parks remain open, but officials said DEEP is closely monitoring how many people are visiting the parks and when lots become full, parking thresholds may be lowered when necessary.
Lamont said Connecticut has the fourth most COVID-19 infections per capita in the U.S., behind New York, New Jersey, and Louisiana.