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Updated: October 5, 2020 2020 Power 25 — Health Care

1. Ned Lamont

Gov. Ned Lamont didn’t run for office on much of a healthcare platform, but coronavirus has certainly made him a healthcare governor.

Gov. Ned Lamont

He’s had no choice but to lead the state through a once-in-a-century pandemic. And by most accounts he’s done an admirable job, taking and maintaining strict measures — including shutting down non-essential businesses for a period of time, ramping up testing and contact-tracing efforts, enacting quarantine and mask requirements as well as travel advisories — to control the spread of the virus.

Still, the toll from COVID-19 has been significant: more than 57,000 positive cases and 4,500-coronavirus-related deaths in the state as of Sept. 30. Lamont has also faced some criticism for a significant number of deaths occurring at Connecticut nursing homes, and from the restaurant industry for limiting indoor dining capacity during the summer to 50%, even though the infection rate has hovered around 1%.

As we head into the fall the Democratic governor may face an even bigger challenge in controlling the virus as we hit flu season and people spend more time indoors. The health crisis will remain a top issue for Lamont going into the 2021 legislative session and until a vaccine is able to create widespread immunity to the disease.

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