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Canceled Blood Drives Due to Coronavirus Concerns Spark Blood Shortages — Public Urged to Donate

In the past few weeks, as cancellations and shutdowns due to the Coronavirus have become widespread, nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the United States, 46 that were to be held in Connecticut — that’s about 1,299 fewer blood donations than would otherwise have been donated in the Connecticut alone.  “A… Keep Reading

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About That Distance Learning… Local School Officials Debate Legal and Technical Obstacles for Connecticut Schools

LYME/OLD LYME — With schools in the state closed for a minimum of two weeks in a state-mandated effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus, school officials are looking into the option of establishing distance learning curricula, a first for public schools in the state. “The state has rapidly changed their position on distance learning,”… Keep Reading

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East Lyme Declares State of Emergency, Closes Town Hall to Public, in Face of Viral Pandemic

EAST LYME — All town buildings are closed to the public until further notice effective Monday night, after the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to uphold First Selectman Mark Nickerson’s declaration of a local state of emergency in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Nickerson told the selectmen at a Monday night emergency meeting that… Keep Reading

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Letter: Needleman Reaches Out on Coronavirus

By now, we are all aware of the health and quality of life implications of COVID-19.  The virus has become a significant threat to our families and to our communities. We also know that widespread testing will not be available in the immediate future and there is no definite treatment at this time. Those circumstances… Keep Reading

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Hospice Providers Question Restrictions of “Social Distancing” During End-of-Life Care

Since Monday, March 9, visitors to nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and hospice care facilities have faced restrictions put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus to the most vulnerable populations. For individuals within these facilities and their families, these new restrictions have added to the hardships endured at the end of life.  “The way… Keep Reading

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New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Announce Cooperation on Restaurant and other Closures — No Agreements Yet with Massachusetts or Rhode Island

According to the Office of the Governor, the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have agreed that as of 8 p.m. Monday night “restaurants and bars that serve food will temporarily be required to move to take-out and delivery services only. Bars that do not serve food will be required to temporarily close,”… Keep Reading

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