- Associated Press - Friday, March 20, 2020

Developments from around New England on the coronavirus pandemic.

CONNECTICUT

A Connecticut state legislator has tested positive for the coronavirus.

State Rep. Jane Garibay, 64, is the first lawmaker in the state to report a positive test. The Windsor Democrat is self-isolating at home.

In her Thursday announcement, Garibay did not say if she had any idea where she may have come in contact with the virus. The Legislature was last in session on March 11, and she developed symptoms four days later, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz said.



For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The vast majority of people recover.

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Connecticut’s congressional delegation is urging the federal government to supply urgently needed medical supplies as soon as possible to hospitals and health care workers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

They say some hospitals are only days away from running out of some personal protective equipment.

In their letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, the legislators requested 250,000 each of respirator face masks, surgical masks, surgical gowns, non-sterile gloves and disposable face shields from the national stockpile.

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MAINE

The ranks of those who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus in Maine now include a Portland police officer and one member each from the Bates and Colby college communities.

In Waterville, the city solicitor warned that the normal rules still apply for city government meetings after a coronavirus panel met in secret and made what he said were decisions, including voting to suspend the city’s ban on plastic bags. Sigmund Schutz, lawyer for MaineToday Media, told the state attorney general’s public access ombudsman that urgent guidance is needed on compliance with the Freedom of Access Act.

The Maine Center for Disease Control said Thursday that more than 50 people have tested positive for the virus in the state.

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VERMONT

The Vermont City Marathon in Burlington has been postponed from the end of May to Oct. 25. Runners are also being given a “virtual option” where they can run a marathon anywhere, anytime and report their results and photos.

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MASSACHUSETTS

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston has given the region’s Catholics a pep talk as they deal with the challenges of life during the outbreak. In videos on the archdiocese’s website, O’Malley urged people to pull together and take care of each other even in a time of social distancing and isolation and offered a special blessing for health care workers and those who have tested positive for the virus.

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RHODE ISLAND

The University of Rhode Island has announced that a staff member has tested positive for the new coronavirus, and is in self-isolation.

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The Rhode Island Student Loan Authority announced Friday that non-federal student loan borrowers experiencing financial hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic can apply at the agency’s website to skip two months of payments.

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