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Coronavirus Blog 4/13/20: Country Financial Weighing Options For Auto Customers

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Steve Fast
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2 p.m. Monday, April 13

Connect Transit has extended the suspension of fare collection through May 1. This includes Connect Transit fixed-route bus service and Connect Mobility paratransit service.

The transit agency is "encouraging people to stay home if you are sick and not travel with Connect Transit unless it is necessary. If customers must travel, we are strongly encouraging them to wear a mask or face covering. Please wash your hands regularly and distance yourself from others if you are traveling with Connect."

Bus service is still operating, but please continue to check connect-transit.com regularly for service updates.

— Ryan Denham | WGLT

12 p.m. Monday, April 13

Country Financial said it will soon announce additional steps it will take to help customers, including those who are driving less because of the coronavirus.

Many auto insurers, including State Farm, have announced plans to refund money to customers. Less driving means fewer crashes, and that means big savings for insurers.

Country Financial issued this statement Monday:

"Serving the needs of our clients is always at the forefront of our actions. As we’ve been assessing how COVID-19 has impacted our clients, we have extended payment deadlines for our clients to prevent cancellations, late fees and non-renewals. At the same time, we’ve seen a significant decrease in the number of auto claims being reported as fewer people are on the roads. Because of this, later this week we will announce additional steps we’re taking to provide for our clients during these challenging times." 

— Ryan Denham | WGLT

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