Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday he is ordering all schools to remain closed until at least April 20 instead of the original order to close until March 31.
The extension is within with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, said a spokesman for the state Department of Education.
“The extended period of ‘in-school class cancellations’ is consistent with the longer term closures the federal CDC suggested could take place,” Peter Yazbak said in an e-mail.
School leaders continue to fine tune their remote learning programs during the closure.
“It appears the governor will now keep schools closed until at least April 20th,” said Meriden Superintendent of Schools Mark Benigni. “MPS will continue to provide distance learning for all of our students. I am so proud of our students, staff and families. They have truly embraced distance learning and they are making the most of a challenging situation.”
New numbers released Monday also revealed that 415 people in Connecticut have tested positive for Covid-19. Ten people have died of coronavirus-related complications, according to the reports.
The largest number of cases continues to be in Fairfield County.
The worst is yet to come, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Matthew Cartter.
He said he believes there are likely thousands in Connecticut who have COVID-19 and either aren't showing symptoms or haven't been tested yet.
Cartter said he expected to see more coronavirus-related deaths in the state than deaths from the flu in a normal year, which ranges from 300 to 600, he told reporters.