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

Coronavirus: Conn. And N.Y. Increase Economic Support, Deaths Slow

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People wait in line for help with unemployment benefits.

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

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood has launched a program for frontline workers, including grocery store workers, who struggle with the cost of child care.

Connecticut has begun issuing supplemental $600 stimulus payments for state unemployment benefits.

Tuesday was the single-lowest day of new cases in Connecticut in weeks – 315 additional positive cases with 77 more deaths. 

Fatalities in New York have fallen below 400 for the third day in a row. New cases also continue to drop statewide, with over 3,100 additional cases. 240 of those are in Westchester County.

Suffolk County’s infection rate is also in decline, but new cases on eastern Long Island continue to increase. A COVID-19 testing site will open in the Village of Southampton this week.

New York has earmarked $50 million of the state pension fund for loans to small businesses affected by the crisis.

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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