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State's focus shifts to nursing homes04/03/2020

State’s focus shifts to nursing homes

By Paul Hughes, Republican-American HARTFORD – The Lamont administration is working to set up nursing homes dedicated for COVID-19 positive or negative residents to limit infection among this highly susceptible group. Public Health Commissioner Renee Coleman-Mitchell on Thursday reported 57 of the state’s 216 nursing homes now have at least one resident who has tested READ MORE.
LaBonne's closing on Sundays04/03/2020

LaBonne’s closing on Sundays

PROSPECT – LaBonne’s Markets announced this week its stores will close on Sundays. The local supermarket chain said the decision was made to give workers a day of rest during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our team has been doing an incredible job keeping our stores running on all cylinders, and we want to thank them by READ MORE.
Banks, credit unions agree to mortgage relief plan04/03/2020

Banks, credit unions agree to mortgage relief plan

By Paul Hughes, Republican-American HARTFORD – More than 60 banks and credit unions this week agreed to offer mortgage relief to Connecticut residents and businesses facing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Banking Commissioner Jorge Perez said more financial lenders are expected to participate in the agreement that the Lamont administration negotiated with the Connecticut READ MORE.
Food bank volunteers provide essential service04/02/2020

Food bank volunteers provide essential service

By Andreas Yilma, Staff Writer NAUGATUCK – Volunteers at the Naugatuck Ecumenical Food Bank aren’t letting the coronavirus pandemic stand in the way of helping those in need in the community. Food bank President Marty-Lee Fenton and a dozen volunteers zealously packed bags with food, including meats, breads, eggs and vegetables, March 24 for dozens READ MORE.
Prospect to begin virtual meetings04/01/2020

Prospect to begin virtual meetings

PROSPECT – The Town Council will hold a virtual meeting Thursday night, the first of more virtual meetings to come for town boards and commissions. The town canceled all meetings scheduled during the last two or so weeks of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but officials are now turning to virtual meetings to get READ MORE.
Lions club offering scholarship04/01/2020

Lions club offering scholarship

PROSPECT – The Prospect Lions Club is accepting applications for its annual scholarship. The scholarship is open to students who live in Prospect and are furthering their education beyond high school. To apply, students must mail their name, address, phone number, proof of acceptance to an institute of higher learning, and a brief essay titled READ MORE.
COVID-19 cases, deaths continue to increase04/01/2020

COVID-19 cases, deaths continue to increase

By Elio Gugliotti, Editor The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and deaths related to the coronavirus in Connecticut continued to increase Tuesday. As of Tuesday, the state reported 3,128 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 69 residents have died from the coronavirus. The number of cases increased by 557 since Monday. The number of deaths READ MORE.
Funeral homes balance safety with need for grieving03/31/2020

Funeral homes balance safety with need for grieving

By Roger Cleaveland, Republican-American Funeral directors are working to balance safety amid the COVID-19 outbreak with the need for closure for family and friends of the deceased. “It’s a very difficult time for families that have lost someone,” said Jim Mengacci, the owner and funeral director for Buckmiller-Thurston-Mengacci Funeral Home in Naugatuck. “It’s not their READ MORE.
Auxiliary unit offering scholarship03/31/2020

Auxiliary unit offering scholarship

PROSPECT – American Legion Auxiliary Unit 194 is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who lives in Prospect and will attend a vocational program in the fall. For an application, email Carol Muzzey, president of the auxiliary unit, at cmuzzey@comcast.net. Applications must be completed and postmarked by May 8, and mailed READ MORE.
COVID-19 hospitalizations top 500 in state03/31/2020

COVID-19 hospitalizations top 500 in state

Hospital industry leaders form response team to allocate resources By Paul Hughes, Republican-American HARTFORD – Hospitalizations due to coronavirus infection topped 500 patients Monday with tests results pending for several hundred more suspected cases. Gov. Ned Lamont reported that hospital bed capacity is expected to increase 50% by the end of this week during an READ MORE.
Blood drive to benefit Red Cross03/30/2020

Blood drive to benefit Red Cross

PROSPECT – The Prospect blood bank will hold a blood drive for the American Red Cross Friday from 8 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Prospect firehouse, 26 New Haven Road. For information or to make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-733-2767. The Red Cross collected 180 units of blood during a blood drive READ MORE.
State warns of coronavirus-related scams03/27/2020

State warns of coronavirus-related scams

By Paul Hughes, Republican-American HARTFORD – State officials are warning consumers about scammers marketing and selling fake at-home testing kits for coronavirus. The Office of Attorney General and the Department of Consumer Protection reported this week that both are starting to see fake test kits being marketed to the public as ways to test for READ MORE.
State launches loan program for businesses03/27/2020

State launches loan program for businesses

By Paul Hughes, Republican-American HARTFORD – The Lamont administration is launching a promised emergency loan program to help small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic. The Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program is offering businesses and nonprofits with 100 or fewer employees one-year, interest-free loans of up to $75,000. It is also open to solo practitioners. “What READ MORE.
03/26/2020

Prospect gets OK to convert OR

Prospect ECHN has received state approval to temporarily convert the operating room and other areas at Rockville General Hospital into space to treat patients with COVID-19, allowing the use of anesthesia machines as ventilators. Read the rest of the article on journalinquirer.com READ MORE.
Lions club offering scholarship03/26/2020

Lions club offering scholarship

PROSPECT – The Prospect Lions Club is accepting applications for its annual scholarship. The scholarship is open to students who live in Prospect and are furthering their education beyond high school. To apply, students must mail their name, address, phone number, proof of acceptance to an institute of higher learning, and a brief essay titled READ MORE.
COVID-19 cases, deaths surge03/26/2020

COVID-19 cases, deaths surge

By Paul Hughes, Republican-American HARTFORD – The COVID-19 outbreak continued surging Wednesday as nearly 260 more infections and seven more deaths were reported in Connecticut. The running count of laboratory-confirmed cases of 2019 coronavirus disease rose to 875 and the death toll climbed to 19 since the first infection involving a state patient was recorded READ MORE.

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