News from Representative Larson

Dear Friends,

The best way we can combat the spread of COVID-19 is by staying home and self-isolating if you can. Governor Lamont announced starting today (Monday, March 23rd) at 8 pm all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities in Connecticut must prohibit all in-person functions as a part of the state’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The full guidance for essential/non-essential businesses and non-profits can be found here. Below is additional pertinent information on the COVID-19 pandemic.  

As always, my office stands ready to assist. Please call my Hartford office at 860-278-8888 or send us an email here.

Paid Leave:

  • As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, most employers with under 500 employers will be required to offer ten paid sick days for each full-time employee. Those employers will also be required to pay two-thirds of a worker’s wages if they need to stay home and care for a child whose school or daycare is closed.
  • Part-time employees will be provided time off proportional to their hours worked.  
  • The cost to employers to provide paid leave will be fully reimbursed by the federal government with a payroll tax credit.
  • Individuals who are self-employed will be given tax relief equivalent to these benefits.  
  • For more information on how to businesses should implement these benefits or find out if you’re eligible, see this guidance from the IRS. 

Resources for Laid-Off or Furloughed Workers:

  • Laid off and furloughed workers are likely eligible for unemployment insurance. Visit filectui.com to apply.
  • Additionally if you have lost your health insurance due to losing your job, you can enroll through Access Health CT here.

Steps to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus:

  • Please stay home! You may be contagious before showing symptoms. The incubation period is about 14 days. The CDC recommends anyone who has been exposed to the virus to self-quarantine for 14 days. 
  • The CDC is recommending those who do not have symptoms utilize social distancing, meaning stay home if you can and don’t go to places where there are crowds. In particular stay away from those that are at high risk such as the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions.

What do I do if I am having symptoms? 

  • If you believe you have symptoms, call your healthcare provider.
  • If you have other medical questions and do not have, or are unable to reach your provider, Hartford HealthCare has a Clinical Command Center hotline, which can be reached 24 hours a day at 860-972-8100 or (toll-free) 833-621-0600.
  • Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control’s guidance can be found here

State Resources:

  • Connecticut’s 2-1-1 info hotline is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The hotline is for general coronavirus questions (such as utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention, experiencing homelessness).
  • Additionally, you can visit Connecticut’s coronavirus resource page here

Regards,
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John B. Larson
Member of Congress

 

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