Governor Lamont COVID-19 and Vaccine Update- 5/13/2021
Governor Lamont held a press conference on May 13, 2021, 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 Dr. Jody Tarranova from UCONN Health.
COVID-19 Metrics: The positivity rate is 1.57 percent, and hospitalizations are the lowest since October, and there have been 8,168 COVID-related fatalities.
Vaccine Update: A total of 3,482,860 doses have been administered, and 1,618,266 individuals have been fully vaccinated. Additionally, adolescents 12 – 15 are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and 72 percent of Connecticut’s adult population have received their first dose.
Nursing Home Strike: A four-year agreement between the Administration and the nursing home industry has been reached, and the strike averted. Nurses will receive a 10.7 percent raise over 4 years, 4.5 percent in the first year, and 6.2 percent in the second year. In addition, nursing homes will be receiving a 10 percent Medicaid increase over the next 9 months.
Schools: Masks will continue to be required in schools for the remainder of the school year. The Administration hopes that by the fall the vast majority of students have been vaccinated.
CT Open For Business: Beginning Wednesday, May 19th, all business restrictions will end, outdoor masks will no longer be required, but are recommended for larger events. Indoor masks will no longer be required for fully vaccinated individuals, except for in specific instances. However, the indoor mask mandate will not be lifted for those who are unvaccinated.
State Government New Normal: June 1st the Executive Branch customer-facing offices, such as the DMV will be fully re-opened. Beginning July 1st, the state will return to the pre-COVID-19 teleworking model and have at least 50 percent of employees in the office. Operational improvements introduced due to the pandemic such as appointment services, online services, and more efficient use of office space will continue moving forward.
Connecticut Comeback: All CT Counties gained households in 2020. Relocations from big cities to mid-sized and small metro areas are up 23 percent.
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