Governor Lamont COVID-19 and Vaccine Update- 2/22/2021
Governor Lamont held a press conference to discuss the state’s response to COVID-19. Today, February 22, 2021, the Governor was joined by Chief of Staff Paul Mounds, Chief Operating Officer Josh Geballe, Department of Public Health Acting Commissioner Deidre Gifford, Dr. Reginald Eadie, and Commissioner Beth Bye from the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.
- Connecticut’s positivity rate is 2.58%. A total of 275,334 COVID cases have been reported, and 6,509,744 tests have been conducted to date.
- Hospitalizations are trending down with a decrease of 35 and a total of 500. Unfortunately, fatalities have seen an increase of 39 and the total to 7,562 across the state.
- Connecticut continues to be a leader in vaccine distribution. 826,125 vaccines have been administered and 70% of the 75+ and 37% of the 65 – 74 age group have received a vaccine.
- Roll-out by Age:
- Starting March 1st – ages 55 – 64+
- Starting March 22nd – ages 45 – 54
- Starting April 12th – ages 35 – 44
- Vaccinations will begin for the general population on May 3rd.
- The administration has decided to break away from CDC recommendations to simplify vaccine distribution, accelerate roll out, and to provide better access to underserved populations and those who are at high risk.
- In addition, providers will be required to meet a numerical weekly target in an effort to provide better access to underserved communities.
- Beginning next week and throughout March there will be dedicated clinics to vaccinate educators, school staff and childcare providers. Teachers, paraeducators, custodial services, food services, bus drivers, professional childcare providers, in class volunteers and in school administrative staff will be eligible for the vaccine beginning March 1st. Employees who are telecommuting and school board members will not be eligible.
- The Governor is confident that schools will fully re-open this school year and they expect to have teachers and staff vaccinated by the end of March.
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