HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont said plans are underway to expand hospital bed capacity in Connecticut to prepare for the anticipated surge in patients diagnosed with COVID-19, including transforming the field house at Southern Connecticut State University into a 250-bed temporary hospital.
BOSTON (AP) — The superintendent of a Massachusetts veteran's home was removed from his duties Monday after 11 residents died, including at least five who had tested positive for coronavirus and another five whose results are pending.
Editor’s note: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, pretty much everything to do around the region has been canceled. Until this public health crisis passes, here’s a list of local social service agencies, venues and organizations and their statuses.
The new state restrictions on restaurants and bars to fight the coronavirus pandemic have prevented local residents from going out to eat. But many South County establishments are still serving via curbside takeout and delivery. Find out the status of your favorite local eatery by clicking o…
WESTERLY — A new web page created by the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce Foundation is being used to assist business owners, workers, local nonprofits, and health care organizations as the effects of the COVID-19 crisis mount.
As the United States faces its worst public health crisis in a century, we want you to know we are here for you — and with you.
BOSTON (AP) — Two colleges in Boston are marking the end of Women's History Month with an open event to update and enhance the Wikipedia entries of several female activists.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut political leaders had mixed views — and lots of questions — after President Donald Trump said Saturday a coronavirus quarantine might be needed for residents of their state, as well as New York and New Jersey. But the president backed away from the idea lat…
The coronavirus is pounding state governments with a financial one-two punch, costing them millions to try to contain the disease just as businesses are shutting down and tax revenue is collapsing. The sharp drop in revenue could jeopardize some states' ability to provide basic services.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A southwestern Connecticut foundation raised $1 million in pledges over the past week to help nonprofits in the county hit hardest by the coronavirus. But demand for funding grew Friday by another $863,000.
BOSTON (AP) — All visitors arriving in Massachusetts are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days as the state tightens its efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday.
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the first selectmen in both Stonington and North Stonington have issued a shelter-in-place request asking all residents or visitors coming to the area from other locations to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Connecticut State Police have seized the guns, badge and cruiser of a trooper following his arrest in Rhode Island for allegedly pushing and shoving his on-and-off girlfriend, authorities said Thursday.
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration revoked a foundation's permission to carry passengers aboard its World War II-era planes after a deadly crash in October.
WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Fourteen families in Connecticut have been displaced because of damage to apartments caused by sprinklers that activated during a fire, officials said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Terrence McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class" and the musicals "Ragtime" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State workers in Connecticut are processing 20 times the number of unemployment claims they normally do, a deluge caused by the coronavirus, officials said Wednesday.
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is ordering schools and non-emergency child care programs in Massachusetts to remain closed through the end of April as the state works to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Concord Coach Lines said it will suspend bus service throughout New England on Saturday after a former passenger tested positive for the coronavirus.
WESTERLY — Priests, ministers and other faith leaders came together Tuesday at Central Baptist Church for an interdenominational prayer service focused on unity, hope and service in the days of COVID-19.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut businesses adapted to new social distancing guidelines Tuesday, and state lawmakers were planning to continue work on an assistance package for small companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak despite the postponement of the legislative session.
BOSTON (AP) — The number of people in Massachusetts who have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, increased to 11 on Tuesday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut public schools will be closed until at least April 20, the governor said Monday, and the state is looking into re-purposing old nursing homes and empty college dormitories to help free up space for hospitals as they brace for more COVID-19 patients.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Connecticut's appeal of a ruling that overturned a state law limiting the length of Tweed-New Haven Airport's main runway, handing the small airport a victory in its attempts to expand airline service.
MERIDEN — A blood drive will be held at the Connecticut State Police Academy today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for first responders to donate. Various police departments, fire departments and the National Guard have been asked to participate. With the COVID-19 outbreak, the American Red Cross is s…
BUFFALO, N.Y. — After her sixth-grade son’s school in Buffalo, New York, closed amid the coronavirus outbreak, Roxanne Ojeda-Valentin returned to campus with shopping bags to take home textbooks and weeks’ worth of assignments prepared by teachers.
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The Stonington and North Stonington school districts are transitioning to digital-based distance curriculums in anticipation that the schools will likely be closed for another eight weeks or longer during the coronavirus pandemic.
NEW LONDON — The state Department of Public Health has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 within the jurisdiction of Ledge Light Health District, which serves towns in Southeastern Connecticut. The individual, an East Lyme resident, is a 44-year-old female. Previously there had be…
BERLIN, Conn. — Eversource said Thursday that it was taking action to safeguard the health and well-being of employees and the communities it serves during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has taken the following steps:
The Ledge Light Health District, which serves towns in Southeastern Connecticut, ordered cosmetology businesses to close as of 10 a.m. Thursday, and until further notice. Businesses affected are licensed hairdressing salons, barbershops, nail salons, estheticians, and persons engaging in fac…
The Connecticut State Police have temporarily suspended all criminal background fingerprinting and will close its facilities to members of the public seeking records, permits or cards.
Government services in both Stonington and North Stonington are making a move to digital- and phone-based operations as the community seeks to adjust to social distancing recommendations set forth by the National Centers for Disease Control and Ledge Light Health District in an effort to cur…
HARTFORD (AP) — Businesses across Connecticut, from the sprawling Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort casinos to small, independently owned Pilates studios, were preparing to shut down or curtail their services Monday to comply with a new restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has announced a $10 million small business recovery loan fund to help companies struggling because of efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic.
In 1919, Westerly residents were hit hard by a Spanish flu pandemic that left hundreds in the region seriously ill. Led by founder Dr. Frank I. Payne, members of the early Westerly Ambulance Corps stepped up and the newly-formed organization helped to build a makeshift hospital that provided…
STONINGTON — Patrick Kirker of Pawcatuck, a 45-year-old teacher, musician and photographer, just might have the luck of the Irish on his side.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut legislators and Gov. Ned Lamont are considering additional ways to mitigate the impact of the new coronavirus on residents and businesses, as well as the state's overall economy.
Editor’s Note: Due to schedule changes in response to COVID-19 concerns, there are no additional events to report this week. The Week Ahead will return in the coming weeks. For up-to-date listings, more events/updates/changes, visit www.thewesterlysun.com/events.
HARTFORD (AP) — The first case of the coronavirus in the Hartford area has been identified, officials said Saturday, as the number of cases across Connecticut rose to at least 20. The patient, a woman in her 80s, lives in Rocky Hill and was being treated at Hartford Hospital, city and hospit…
HARTFORD — Connecticut officials banned utilities Friday from shutting off services to customers and warned of heavy demand for absentee ballots in the state's upcoming presidential primary as hospitals braced for more patients with the coronavirus.
U.S. hospitals are setting up circus-like triage tents, calling doctors out of retirement, guarding their supplies of face masks and making plans to cancel elective surgery as they brace for an expected onslaught of coronavirus patients.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed an order Thursday banning gatherings of 250 people or more to slow the spread of the coronavirus, while personally recommending people avoid even smaller crowds.