Coronavirus Latest: Conn. Hits Jobless Milestone; Cuomo To Trump: 'Think Ahead' On Vaccine Rollout
Here’s the latest on the coronavirus outbreak in the region:
Connecticut’s Department of Labor has received a million applications for unemployment since the pandemic began. Labor commissioner Kurt Westby called it a “milestone no one wanted to get to.”
The state has paid out well over $5 billion in unemployment compensation through state and federal programs.
A record 36 states are now on the Tri-State travel advisory list because of their high rates of infection. Connecticut is seeing so many daily cases that it nears the threshold to qualify for its own travel advisory.
Connecticut’s COVID-19 positive rate has hovered around 2 percent this week. Long Island and Westchester County, New York have COVID-19 positive rates around 1 percent.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who chairs the National Governors Association, has asked for a meeting with President Trump to discuss how a vaccination program would be conducted. He wants to know what role federal and state governments would play.
Yale University’s athletic teams have paused team workouts for at least a week after several hockey players tested positive. Yale joins Fairfield and New Haven in pausing athletics.
The Coast Guard Academy is the only Connecticut college with sporting events scheduled.