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Rolling Stones, Beatles, Janis Joplin, Meatloaf, Beyonce
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Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut received its single largest shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the fight to combat COVID-19. The equipment, which came from suppliers in China, has been delivered over the last couple of days to the state's commodities warehouse in New Britain. It includes: -6 million surgical masks;-500,000 protective masks;-100,000 surgical gowns; and-100,000 temporal thermometers. The PPE in the process of being sorted and then will be delivered to frontline workers, including first responders, hospital staff, long-term care facility staff, direct care providers, and other people on the front lines. "Today marks another important step as we continue to battle the novel coronavirus," Governor Lamont said. "I want to personally thank the Chinese people for their continued support during this public health crisis. I would especially like to thank the China Construction Bank for helping facilitate this shipment and for their generous donation. Further cooperation and collaboration between the United States and China is very important as we navigate this global pandemic." The state's supply of PPE has been managed in a coordinated effort by the state's unified command structure, which includes several state agencies, and its distribution has been handled by the Connecticut National Guard. As of May 11, the state has delivered 15,186,349 pieces of PPE to those in need, including: -5,852,086 surgical masks;-956,211 KN95 masks;-326,656 N95 masks;-448,435 face shields;-40,587 surgical gowns;-51,248 Tyvek coveralls; and-7,511,126 non-sterile gloves.
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is appointing Department of Social Services Commissioner Deidre Gifford to serve as acting commissioner of the Department of Public Health, effective immediately. The governor thanked Public Health Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell for her service to the State of Connecticut. Commissioner Coleman-Mitchell first joined the Department of Public Health in 1986, serving in several roles until 1994, and returned to the agency in the spring of 2019 to serve as commissioner. "I appreciate Commissioner Coleman-Mitchell's willingness to join my administration and lead one of our most vital state agencies, which is responsible for overseeing so many critical public health needs," Governor Lamont said. "Her service over the last year has been a great deal of help, particularly in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic that has brought disruption to many throughout the world. I thank her for her advocacy on behalf of the health and safety of our residents, and for being a dedicated partner in service to the State of Connecticut." Prior to joining the Department of Social Services, from 2016 to 2019 Commissioner Gifford served as deputy director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington, DC, where she oversaw the full scope of Medicaid functions at the federal agency. From 2012 to 2015, she served as Medicaid Director in the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and from 2005 to 2011 she was co-founder and project director of Rhode Island's multi-payer Medical Home demonstration, one of the nation's first and most enduring multi-payer payment reform initiatives. Commissioner Gifford earned a B.S. in public health from UCLA; an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in New York; and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and received an M.P.H. in epidemiology at UCLA. Over the course of her career, she has held faculty appointments at the UCLA and Brown Schools of Public Health. "The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has required every state agency to even more closely align with each other and sync our operations to deliver a coordinated response for the people of Connecticut. I am determined to continue these efforts for the duration of our emergency response and beyond," Commissioner Gifford said.
Governor Ned Lamont today said that the State of Connecticut and its nonprofit partners are continuing to seek volunteers willing to help communities respond to the COVID-10 crisis. The state's volunteer recruitment effort is being expanded to bolster the ranks of volunteers needed at nonprofits that offer support to children and adults in programs for intellectual disabilities and behavioral health settings, as well as organizations that support senior citizens. To date, more than 5,000 medical volunteers and 1,600 non-medical volunteers have come forward to assist Connecticut's hospitals and health systems, and also provide support to nonprofits that provide essential human services. Volunteers have helped distribute food with food banks, provided support for those experiencing homelessness in shelters across the state, and delivered meals to homebound senior citizens in communities across Connecticut. Governor Lamont said that he is grateful for everyone who has stepped up to volunteer their assistance. He also expressed his gratitude to the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), which has made the Disaster Assistance Response Technology database available to help manage the statewide volunteer recruitment effort for this emergency. "Connecticut residents and businesses have been incredibly generous in offering to do what they can to meet the needs of our state at this challenging time," Governor Lamont said. "The volunteers who have come forward have been a tremendous help to our hospitals, and to critically important services at our food banks, meal delivery services, and shelters. I'm grateful to everyone who is stepping forward -- and I ask that you keep pitching in, and invite others to join you so that we can meet the needs of our neighbors and communities over the coming weeks and months." Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said, "I thank every resident of Connecticut who has come forward to meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents during this time. Volunteers are an absolutely essential part of effective response to this crisis. I know that if everyone steps up to do what they can, we will continue to have one of the greatest teams in the country combating this disease, and we will bounce back." Department of Public Health Commissioner Renée Coleman-Mitchell said, "Volunteers with a medical background are critical to increase the capacity of the healthcare system at this important time. I thank the medical volunteers who have come forward, and I ask for others who have not yet raised their hand to help to do so now -- your skills and support continues to be needed." Department of Aging and Disability Services Commissioner Amy Porter said, "Many older adults across the state are counting on our support, first and foremost to address their basic needs such as access to meals and groceries. Volunteers can play a critical role here. They can also form connections with the older adults, and facilitate technology connections between the older adult and their support network. I am grateful to all those Connecticut residents willing to step up." Jason Jakubowski, president and CEO of Foodshare, said, "These volunteers have given absolutely essential support to food pantries across the state that rely heavily on volunteer labor. They've seen many of their regular volunteers necessarily step away from service due to illness or other COVID-19 related circumstances. Our emergency food distribution system has never been more important, and volunteer labor is critical to making sure that we can meet the need of families who require our support right now." Jennifer Jackson, President and CEO of the Connecticut Hospital Association, said, "Connecticut's hospitals are thankful for each of the volunteers who have reached out their hands in support of front line healthcare workers and hospitals across the state. We thank all of them for the time and talent they have devoted to responding to this crisis." Mike Corey, chair of Connecticut Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster said, "It has been amazing to see the number of folks from across Connecticut that have stepped up to assist their neighbors and communities during this time of need. CT VOAD wishes to thank those that have volunteered, the agencies and organizations across the state coming together to meet their community's needs, and our friends at Team Rubicon, Foodshare and Americares, among others, for their tireless work behind the scenes." Gian-Carl Casa, CEO of the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance, said, "Volunteers coming forward to support this effort are providing critically needed help to nonprofits serving our most vulnerable residents at this time of crisis. We are grateful to Governor Lamont for launching this effort, and to the volunteers who are stepping up to help their communities."
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