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Another 88 fatalities were reported in the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, bringing the total to 2,012, as hospitalizations continued to fall and Gov. Ned Lamont announced plans to expand food benefits, including the recruiting of restaurants to prepare meals for the elderly.

There a net decrease of only eight hospitalizations, with a total of 1,758. But it continues a downward trend away from the peak. “That more people are being discharged than being admitted,” Lamont said.

Fairfield County hospitalizations are down, while New Haven and Hartford counties are flat. “While there are 162 new admissions to our hospitals yesterday, that’s down 25 over the last day,” Lamont. “Hopefully there is a trend going on there.”

After seven days of decreasing hospitalizations, the state is only seven-to-10 days away from making some plans for reopening some shuttered businesses.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel,” Lamont said during his daily news briefing in the State Capitol.

In an unusual move, the governor did not lead off the daily televised meeting with reporters by citing the latest casualities, but instead had state agriculture and social service officials discuss plans to help those with food insecurities.

On Sunday, hospitalizations decreased by a net 44 people, with 1,766 still in hospitals, and fatalities increased by 62 people for a total of 1,924.