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

Conn., N.Y. Hospitals To Receive Additional $10B For Coronavirus Relief

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An aerial view of Aerial view of Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus outbreak in the region:

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar says he will steer $10 billion in federal funding from the CARES Act to hospitals hardest hit by the outbreak, in downstate New York, Long Island and Connecticut.

There was a rise in new cases reported Wednesday in New York State…6,240. Long Island added 1,280 more. Westchester, 680 more. Deaths were below 500 statewide for the fourth day in a row.

The rate of new cases has declined in Connecticut — with 630 additional cases and 95 more deaths. New cases and deaths continue to ease in Fairfield County and New Haven Counties.

The Connecticut Department of Labor is still backlogged with tens of thousands of unemployment claims it has received since March. But a software improvement last week and recent automation should cut the wait time in half. Benefits will be retroactive.

Westport, Connecticut, will no longer use drones to track at-risk groups for the virus in public after condemnation from the ACLU.

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.