There's a lot of confusion and anxiety surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, as numbers of confirmed cases continue to rise and more public services start to shut down.
If you need help, or if you would like to help those in need, NBC Connecticut has gathered all the official resources below.
In addition to the CDC Foundation launching a crowdfunding campaign to expand the agency's public health response to the coronavirus, there are many other local organizations and government agencies working to help individuals and businesses:
(Note: This list will continue to update as more resources become available.)
- The Connecticut Department of Health has the latest number of cases and resources available on its website.
- You can also call the 2-1-1 info hotline 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, for information regarding the coronavirus.
- Sign up for the governor's latest updates via email.
- The state's Department of Social Services has closed its field offices, but is still taking applications online.
- The state's Department of Labor has an unemployment benefits page where you can file claims online
- You can submit general questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Businesses with questions about business exemptions from executive order 7H regarding non-essential businesses can call the DECD business hotline at 860-500-2333
- Businesses can also e-mail the Department of Economic and Community Development at email@example.com
- Hartford HealthCare has set up a toll-free hotline at 833-621-0600. You can also receive text alerts by texting 31996 with COVID19 in the message field
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) DONATIONS
- Members of the public, businesses, and philanthropic organizations that are able to donate these vital materials are urged to contact the state by filling out the online form located at www.211ct.org/DonationsCOVID19.
- Hartford HealthCare is looking for donations of critical PPE items. You can email COVIDDonations@HHCHealth.org to coordinate drop off times
- Items in need include N95 respirators, face masks/surgical masks, face shields, surgical gowns, gloves, thermometers, thermometer covers and hand sanitizer.
- Department of Revenue Services has extended the payment, filing deadlines for personal income tax returns to July 15, 2020.
- The IRS has a Coronavirus Tax Relief webpage, https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus, that focuses on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
- The Department of Children and Families has set up a special email address for questions concerning coronavirus at DCF.COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org