Governor Lamont COVID-19 and Vaccine Update- 12/30/20

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Today, 12/30/2020, Governor Lamont held his 120th press conference providing an update on the state’s COVID-19 response efforts. Chief of Staff Paul Mounds, Chief Operating Officer Josh Geballe, Commissioner  Gifford of the Dept of Social Services and Public Health, along with Miguel Cardona were guests at this press event.

Governor’s Update:

  • Metrics- The positivity rate for today was not available for the noon event but hospitalizations are down today.  The Governor reported that Connecticut is doing well relative to our neighboring states, currently.
  • Vaccine Deployment – There were over 55,000 doses administered thus far in Connecticut.
  • Phase 1b guidance should be out next week, with vaccinations in that group beginning at the end of January.
  • Connecticut is one of the top states in the country in getting the vaccine program deployed and the number one state in New England.
  • In response to a question about vaccine deployment, Josh Geballe noted that Connecticut is currently receiving 50,000 doses a week, and will ramp up as new vaccines get approved to have everyone vaccinated before the end of 2021.  They have not gotten any specific information from  the Federal Government on when that will happen.
    • Education:  
      • Governor Lamont invited Commissioner of Education, and President-Elect Biden’s nominee for Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona to say a few words.  Commissioner and Secretary-Designate Cardona thanked the Governor and all the people of Connecticut for the support.
      • In response to a question about priority testing for teachers the Governor said they were working on that and Josh Geballe provided more information that they were working on a plan to create more pop up testing sites for teachers and daycare workers. These site will be using BinaxNOW™ rapid testing.  This should allow teacher and daycare workers to get rapid testing without waiting in line.  Will have more information next week.
    • Legislative Session:
      • In response to a question about the upcoming legislative session and the Governor’s priorities, the Governor responded that the Budget will be the most important issue they will be working on it and making sure we get it right.  He declined to provide additional detail.

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