Coronavirus in Connecticut: Live updates, hour-by-hour

As more and more Connecticut residents test positive for COVID-19, stay informed with all the latest information below.

Beyond local and statewide updates, this story will be updated with major regional, national and global information about the coronavirus.

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2:42 p.m. - The 124th Boston Marathon, that was rescheduled for September, has now been canceled over COVID-19 concerns, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday.

12:52 p.m. - Cromwell Mayor Enzo Faienza says he hopes the declaration adopted by the Town Council Tuesday will encourage Gov. Lamont to speed up the re-opening of small and medium businesses in the state.

12:22 p.m. - Stop & Shop is extending a pandemic pay bump through July 4, with the Massachusetts-based chain among Connecticut’s largest employers with more than 90 supermarkets statewide.

11:38 a.m. - As independent contractors unleashed a flood of new unemployment claims in May, the Connecticut Department of Labor has now processed well over a half-million applications with more pending, approaching a third of state residents holding jobs entering March.

Under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program created through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, solo entrepreneurs have been able to seek jobless compensation, denied in the past save for those who contribute payroll taxes that underwrite state unemployment trust funds. Read more here.

9:40 a.m. - The retail industry, in turmoil for years, is facing its biggest test yet as the coronavirus crisis pushes some of the nation's most vulnerable brands to the economic brink.

Pandemic-motivated closures and stalling demand left many prominent retailers looking for ways to preserve cash. Some stopped paying rent. Others furloughed workers, cut executive pay and canceled orders for new inventory. But as the economy begins sputtering back to life, bankruptcy attorneys and analysts say a growing number of companies will find they just don't have enough cash to keep going. Read more here.

8:33 a.m. - The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more Americans have died from the virus than from the Vietnam and Korean wars combined. Read more here.

8:04 a.m. - Wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic is intended to protect the people who have them on and everyone around them. However, experts said one popular kind of mask may not protect others from potential infection. Read more here.

7:10 a.m. - Some hotel workers wonder and worry about what a June 20 reopening will look like and what safety measures will be in place when they return to work. Read more here.

6:22 a.m. - Town officials have decided to cancel the Fourth of July fireworks show, according to First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick, who also said more restrictions at the beach were being rescinded. Read more here.

5:47 a.m.- Three of Gov. Ned Lamont’s top agency leaders on Wednesday got first-hand looks at the preparations for a partial reopening at Foxwoods Resort Casino on June 1.

While the trio of commissioners was non-committal toward the early reopening and declined comment, Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, took the visit as a positive sign in the tribe’s nearly 30-year relationship with Connecticut. Read more here.


8:21 p.m. - Connecticut State Police Special Licensing and Firearms Unit announced Wednesday the reopening of services at headquarters, Troop E in Montville and Troop G in Bridgeport for processing new pistol permit applicaitons starting June 15. By appointment only. Click here for more information.

8:05 p.m. - Ansonia police will resume civilian fingerprinting for pistol permits, employment background checks and vendor permits starting June 1, the department announced Wednesday. All fingerprinting applicants must wear a mask while inside the police department.

The fingerprinting will be done by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. Fingerprinting is only open to Ansonia residents and non-residents applying for an employment background check for a business based in Ansonia or a vending permit from the city. Police said fingerprinting will be offered on an appointment-only basis. Call 203-735-1885 to schedule an appointment.

5:30 p.m. - The staff at the Connecticut Department of Public Health removed 356 cases and 808 tests from the state’s overall COVID-19 numbers in the past 24 hours after they were identified as duplicates in the system.

There have been 341 new positive cases since Tuesday and 5,215 new tests, putting both totals at 4,1288 and 229,769 respectively.

Ten more COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals, with 684 current virus patients hospitalized across the state. There were 34 more deaths, putting the statewide total at 3,803.

2:25 p.m. - Yale New Haven Hospital and the city of New Haven announced Wednesday plans to open a COVID-19 testing site at the Strong School at 130 Orchard St. This will be the city’s ninth testing location.

A doctor’s referral is required for this testing site, and YNHH will schedule a time for the appointment. If a New Haven resident needs assistance with testing or needs a doctor’s referral, they can call the New Haven Health Department at 203-946-4949.

2:01 p.m. - The Federal Reserve projects that nearly 100,000 Connecticut homeowners and more than 170,000 renters are at risk of missing at least one payment mortgage or rent payment, raising a specter of pandemic-led homelessness, especially when federal unemployment benefits end. Read more here.

1:40 p.m. - The Connecticut Judicial Branch is targeting the partial resumption of operations in three courthouses starting Monday, June 8, guided first and foremost by the overarching goal of protecting the health and safety of the public, bar, staff and judges, Chief Court Administrator Patrick L. Carroll III said today.

The three courthouses are: the Middlesex Judicial District Courthouse in Middletown, Rockville’s Geographical Area No. 19 Courthouse, and the Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse at Torrington.

Carroll cautioned, “Given the nature of the pandemic, plans can change but our current expectation is to resume limited operations on June 8.”

Judge Carroll cautioned, “Given the nature of the pandemic, plans can change but our current expectation is to resume limited operations on June 8.”

Ten courts have remained open through the pandemic: the Supreme and Appellate Courts, the Judicial District courthouses in Bridgeport, New Britain, New Haven, New London and the Geographical Area Courthouses in Hartford (No. 14) and Waterbury (No. 4); and the juvenile courts in Hartford and Bridgeport. Beyond these locations and the three courthouses resuming partial operations effective June 8, all other courts will remain closed until further notice.

1:20 p.m. - A Danbury man threatened a bus driver with a gun after he was reprimanded for not wearing a face mask inside the public transport, police said.

12:36 p.m. - The Archdiocese of Harford announced that in-person weekday Masses can resume June 8, but parishioners are under no religious obligation to attend Sunday services until at least September.

Officials said no more than 50 people will be allowed attend a given mass, “in keeping with the limitation currently set by the civil authorities,” and attendees will be required to observe social distancing and wear masks.

Wedding and funeral masses will also be allowed to resume June 8 with the same precautions, officials said. Read more here.

11:59 a.m. - Walt Disney World will reopen this July, after the Orlando, Fla., theme park was forced to close for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.

11:11 a.m. - Fitness clubs rocked by covid-19 closures face a swell of bankruptcies with more