Hartford Mayor Says More Coronavirus Testing Is Available, City Grows Small Business Grant Program

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Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will provide an update on the city's response to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday afternoon.

He said 199 Hartford residents have died COVID-19-related deaths and emphasized the importance of socials distancing.

He reiterated that people no longer need to have symptoms or prescriptions to be tested for COVID-19 and more tests are available.

More tests are available than the number of people seeking appointments.

"We need to get to a point where there is more widespread testing," Bronin said.

People who want to get a test and need transportation to a testing site should call 311, Bronin said.

The mayor will also made an announcement about additional funding for the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program.

He said the city wanted to make sure it was doing what it could for local small businesses.

The program started with $1 million and there is an additional $375,000.

Three hundred businesses have applied.

Bronin said the city is reviewing applications and will be providing support for as many eligible businesses as possible.

The news conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. You can watch the news conference above in this article when it happens.

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