Gov. Ned Lamont says that while COVID-19 hospitalizations have leveled off in Fairfield and New Haven counties, they're on the rise in Hartford County.
Overall, he says, "deaths are still disturbingly high."
Also, the state Department of Economic and Community Development is telling small businesses to be ready to apply quickly for a new wave of federal Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loans.
Details from the governor's daily briefing on Wednesday:
--121 newly reported COVID-19 deaths; 1,544 total (averaging 100+ over the last five days)
--Averaging more than 100 deaths over the last five days, Connecticut is third in the nation in deaths per 100,000 residents (43), trailing only New York (79) and New Jersey (57).
--22 new hospitalizations in Hartford County; 495 total
FEDERAL LOANS FOR SMALL BUSINESS: BE READY
The first round of federal PPP loans was, as is well publicized by now, tapped out quickly, with much of it distributed to many businesses that can't be described as "small."
As soon as tomorrow, the U.S. House is expected to approve the next round, and Connecticut officials are telling small businesses to be ready to apply.
"There are still a significant number of small businesses here in our state that have not been able to access these dollars," says Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Deputy Commissioner Glendowlyn Thames, "but with the second round we hope to change that."
The House is expected to vote Thursday, so Thames says Connecticut businesses should be prepared to apply Thursday night or Friday morning.
More from Thames: "We've really been having a coordinated effort with our banks, with the SBA, to ensure that Connecticut businesses are accessing these dollars and getting their fair share. So, the second round presents a new opportunity: $310 billion in additional lending authority for the PPP, and of that, $60 billion is being set aside for smaller lenders."