Governor Lamont COVID-19 and Vaccine Update- 3/22/2021
Governor Lamont held a press conference on the state’s response efforts to COVID-19. The Governor was joined by Chief of Staff Paul Mounds, Chief Operating Officer Josh Geballe, and Rob Simmelkjaer from the CT Lottery Corporation.
COVID-19 Metrics: The state’s positivity rate remains stable at 3.59% with hospitalization rates trending down and a total of 7,841 COVID-related fatalities.
Vaccine Update: To date 53% of all those 45 or older and 36% of all adults 16 or older have received their 1st dose.
Here is the breakdown of vaccinations by age group:
- 79% of those over the age of 75.
- 76% of those between the ages of 65-74.
- 53% of those who are 55 – 64.
- 22% of adults aged 45 – 54.
There have been 1,587,762 vaccines administered, and 584,155 adults have been fully vaccinated. The B117 variant is estimated to be 30% – 40% of current COVID cases according to Yale.
Historic Gaming Agreement: An agreement has been met between the Mohegan Tribe, Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, and the state to modernize gaming options for all Connecticut residents. The agreement will allow the tribal nations and the state to take part in sports wagering and online casino gaming. As well as an expansion to iLottery to include draw games, keno, and retail sports betting locations. It is to be determined whether sports betting will be allowed on the collegiate level. The administration hopes to have online gaming and sports betting available in the fall.
Schools: Every educator has been given the opportunity to receive a vaccine, and the majority have received their first dose.
Emergency Declaration: A bill passed out of the Commerce Committee today that would require five days’ notice prior to an emergency declaration being put forth. The Governor appreciates the guidance being given by the Legislature in requiring five days’ notice. In addition, the administration is in contact with Legislative leadership in extending the emergency decleration for continued eligibility in FEMA funding.
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