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Stories and information in our region on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lamont Asks For More Federal Aid To Fight Virus

A screenshot from a CT-N broadcast of a coronavirus briefing by Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in the region:

Starting Friday, New Yorkers are advised to wear a mask or face covering in public in situations where social distancing is not possible. 

Conn. Governor Ned Lamont says he's considering a similar requirement for the state.

Suffolk County will not release over 100 inmates awaiting trial at its two jails despite concern that the virus could spread among prisoners.

New York has more than 213,700 confirmed cases, with deaths over 11,500. Long Island has hit 50,000 cases. Westchester County has almost 21,000.

Connecticut has over 14,750 cases — most are in Fairfield County and New Haven County. 868 people have died. 

Lamont has asked the federal government to completely cover the cost to protect public health and to extend financial assistance to Connecticut residents and tribal nations during the pandemic.

Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care will prioritize COVID-19 testing for MTA workers.

Read the latest on WSHU’s coronavirus coverage here.

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A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.
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