GOVERNOR LAMONT ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF CONNECTICUT JOINT INFORMATION CENTER TO PROVIDE INSTITUTIONS AND MEDIA WITH INFORMATION ON STATE RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration, under the leadership of the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the support of several state agencies, is launching the State of Connecticut Joint Information Center – or JIC – as part of a coordinated effort to provide critical institutions playing a major role in the response with information on developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19).
The JIC is intended to provide all stakeholders – including the media, municipalities, school districts, hospitals, medical providers, colleges and universities, the business community, and others – with a resource to for specific information related to the State of Connecticut and its response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The JIC has established operations within the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Hartford and is being headed by DPH in coordination with the Office of the Governor, the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (including the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the State Police), the Department of Economic and Community Development, the State Department of Education, the Office of Early Childhood, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Social Services, and others
Each weekday around 3:00 p.m., the JIC will coordinate a news briefing at the EOC for members of the media that will be led by either Governor Lamont or officials from within his administration. The exact time of the news briefing may vary depending on circumstances, and the Office of the Governor will distribute an advisory each day to announce the time that day’s briefing will be held. However for the most part, members of the media should plan for a 3:00 p.m. news briefing each weekday.
Members of the public who have general questions about COVID-19 can still contact 2-1-1 for information. As always, anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider to seek treatment.
For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including guidance and other resources, all residents in the state are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus.