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PODCAST: Why did Connecticut fire its top health official amid a pandemic?

In the wake of Gov. Ned Lamont’s firing of Renee Coleman-Mitchell, the state’s public health commissioner, Jenna Carlesso and Mark Pazniokas of the Connecticut Mirror join John Dankosky for a special episode. Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020 Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Pazniokas and health reporter Jenna Carlesso break down the series of events that led […]

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Ignoring the health of our homeless hurts the entire country

While the U.S. has been stymied in managing COVID-19’s spread, the previous month has brought “shelter-in-place” orders and policies mimicking those in foreign countries. The intended focus is to limit increased transmission and contribution to the staggering 4.1 million global cases as of May 11, 2020. The majority of state recommendations include maintaining a six-foot buffer from others, self-isolation within homes, practicing stringent personal hygiene, and wearing a mask when outdoors. Unfortunately, these recommendations disproportionately ignore a particularly vulnerable population: those experiencing homelessness.

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Connecticut can’t open without child care

As Connecticut businesses begin to reopen, more support is needed to address the looming child care crisis. Without schools and child care, parents cannot leave their children alone to go back to work. Parents all across the state are asking, “How can I go back to work when there’s no place for my kids to go?” Businesses should be asking, “Will my employees be able to find care so they can return to work?”

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Guidelines released by the Reopen Connecticut Task Force miss the mark

On May 9, 2020, a council of Connecticut business leaders, in concert with the Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration, released rules and guidance for the “safe” reopening of workplaces across the state. The processes, principles, and protocols issued by this task force reflect a failure to address some of the most basic needs that the state’s business community (including both employers and employees) desperately requires.