The State of Connecticut's request for a Major Disaster Declaration in response to the coronavirus pandemic has been approved.

Governor Ned Lamont announced that he was notified of the approval on Sunday, March 29, by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Much like the governor's previous declarations of both civil preparedness and public health emergencies in Connecticut, the Major Disaster Declaration allows for the state to receive additional federal assistance. It basically means that all eight counties will be reimbursed for 75% of the cost associated with COVID-19 response and any other related emergency protective measures.

In an official statement, Governor Lamont said, “I am grateful that the federal government is recognizing the severity of this pandemic in Connecticut and the impact it is having on the health and safety of the people of our state. It is an important step in providing critical aid in our communities. I remain hopeful that our request for assistance for individuals will  also be approved because this pandemic has had a significant impact on the livelihoods of so many people in Connecticut. Thousands of workers and families are badly hurting. Unlocking this assistance would mean expanded unemployment benefits for those who are out of work because of the emergency, needed food benefits, child care assistance, and a host of other critically important aid."

While this Major Disaster Declaration has been officially approved by FEMA, Governor Lamont's other request for disaster assistance, would could potentially provide Connecticut residents with benefits such as expanded unemployment assistance, food benefits, and child care assistance, remains under review by the White House.

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