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Tuesday, Governor Ned Lamont declared a public health emergency and a
civil preparedness emergency in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The declarations will allow the Governor and state agencies to more
quickly expand the state’s sample collection and testing capabilities
for the virus. The Connecticut Insurance Department has been
instructed to notify travel insurance companies about the emergency
declarations and will monitor those firms for compliance with the
terms of their policies.
In addition, the emergency triggers the state’s laws against price
gouging to protect consumers from unscrupulous merchants. However, the
Office of the Attorney General has received multiple complaints
Violators may be subject to fines or other action from the Department
of Consumer Protection and the Office of the Attorney General.
What To Do
* Listen to public health officials
* If you are over 60 years of age
* Consumers may see price increases in the coming days and weeks. Not
all price increases are the result of price gouging. The basic
economic laws of supply and demand can and do affect prices in times
* Consumers should take appropriate precautions to protect themselves
personally and financially.
* Anyone who suspects price gouging should file a complaint
immediately with the Attorney General’s Office online
(https://portal.ct.gov/AG) or by calling 860-808-5318.
The state has cancelled all non-legislative gatherings. The
Legislative Office Building and Capitol will be closed Thursday, March
12 and Friday, March 13 for cleaning and to allow legislative leaders
to discuss additional precautions.
Hearings and meetings on Thursday and Friday have been postponed.
Because the situation with Coronavirus changes minute-by-minute, visit
If you live in Connecticut and have general questions about
coronavirus, you may call 211 or text the word “COVID19” to 898211.
As always, if I can be of assistance to you and your family, please
feel free to contact me at the Capitol at or email me at
Gary.Turco@cga.ct.gov (mailto:Gary.Turco@cga.ct.gov) . Don’t forget to
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