Governor Lamont COVID-19 and Vaccine Update- 3/15/2021
Governor Lamont held a press conference on the state’s response efforts to COVID-19. He was joined by Chief of Staff Paul Mounds, Chief Operating Officer Josh Geballe, and Department of Housing Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno.
COVID-19 Metrics: Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 293,102 COVID cases across the state and 7,798 COVID-related fatalities. In addition, 7,200,392 tests have been administered. The state is currently at a 2.95% positivity rate since Friday.
Vaccine Update: The state’s vaccine rollout has resulted in 496,006 individuals being fully vaccinated, with a total of 1,349,497 first and second doses being administered. Currently, 77% of those 75+, 71% between the ages of 65 – 74, and 40% of individuals aged 55 – 64 have received a vaccine.
Vaccine Eligibility: Vaccines appear to be ahead of schedule and as a result, the administration will be accelerating the vaccine eligibility timeline. Beginning March 19th those between the ages of 45 – 54 will become eligible. Furthermore, everyone in the 16 – 44 age range will be eligible starting April 5th.
UniteCT: Emergency rental assistance is being provided to CT residents. Applications for emergency rental and electric utility assistance will be available starting today. Households on unemployment or that have seen reduced income due to COVID-19 will be eligible for up to $11,500.
Schools: Governor Lamont does not believe the right approach is to reduce social distancing to 3ft in schools, he hopes with more vaccinations everyone will be able to attend in-person learning, In response to a question regarding the state applying for a waiver for federally mandated standardized testing, Governor Lamont briefly said we need an update on how children are doing in regards to their verbal and math skills.
Gaming: The state and the tribal nations are on the verge of an agreement. The previous issue regarding the tax rate has been settled, and the tribes continue to negotiate the expansion of gaming. The administration hopes to have some good news relatively soon.
Legislative Issues: In response to a question about his position on tax proposals generally being considered by the legislature, the Governor responded that he is not supportive of their current tax proposals. The state has received 10 billion dollars from the federal government and he looks forward to negotiating with the legislature on how to allocate those funds.
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