A still from the drone flight over Hartford after the COVID-19 restrictions. ryan caron king / connecticut public

Ryan Caron King of Connecticut Public Radio flew his drone to see how well Connecticut was following Gov. Ned Lamont’s orders to stay at home and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Lamont declared a public emergency on March 10, followed by a series of executive orders closing schools, shopping malls, theaters, and restaurants. King shot this video on March 24, the morning after he ordered all non-essential workers to stay home. It shows a a rush hour that never really happened.

The governor and the Jeffrey Flaks, the president of Hartford HealthCare, said Friday the surge in hospitalizations has begun, with the peak expected in two weeks. We’ll see then how well Connecticut has flattened the growth curve by social distancing, self-quarantine and self-isolation.

As of Friday, the state had 1,291 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19, a number that the state epidemiologist says is “the tip of the iceberg.” There were 27 fatalities and 173 hospitalizations.

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Mark PazniokasCapitol Bureau Chief

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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  1. All temporary.
    People will resume their normal lives after this blows over.
    Plus the people won’t allow themselves to be prisoners in their own house for too long.
    Eventually they’ll break out.
    Just human nature.
    No one likes being a social experiment.

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