HARTFORD - Connecticut could possibly begin a multi-step process of loosening restrictions on businesses and gatherings by June, a co-chairman of Gov. Ned Lamont’s advisory committee said Thursday.
Indra Nooyi, a former CEO of Pepsi, said the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group will present the Democratic governor a list of options and considerations for reopening the state, backed with modeling data, in time for a May 20 deadline. That’s when Lamont’s “stay-at-home” order suspending all in-person, nonessential functions is set to expire.
“What we will do is present the plan to the governor with the priorities. I suspect that you’ll see (it) in traunches ... very carefully in small steps, so that our testing can keep pace with the loosening (of restrictions),” Nooyi said. “We’ll start sometime in June. And then keep progressing through the end of the year. ”
As the advisory group, which includes local health, business, workforce, and education experts, considers how to selectively restart Connecticut’s economy, Nooyi said they will keep public health concerns front and center.
As of Thursday, there have been a total of 23,100 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state and 1,639 have died from the disease. The number of people hospitalized was 1,947, a decline of 25 people since Wednesday.
For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.