At the governor’s first coronavirus press conference in weeks, he touted the state’s high vaccination rate as one of the reasons for success compared to other states, but warned that they always watched the numbers carefully and urged caution before fall and winter.
“This is the start of our flu season, let’s be careful,” he said, noting that while Connecticut has one of the highest adult vaccination rates in the country, there are still 680,000 eligible people. vaccine who are not fully immunized, and 460,000 children who are not yet vaccine eligible.
Since the governor’s last briefing, Dr Manisha Juthani of the Yale School of Medicine has taken over as commissioner of the Connecticut Depart of Public Health. Juthani replaced Acting Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford, who remains the Governor’s Senior Advisor on Health and Social Services.
The winter months are when respiratory viruses tend to circulate more, but Juthani said the situation looks promising.
“As children become eligible for vaccinations, things may get better and better. But, I think without vaccinating people and as many people in our condition as possible, we run the risk of Covid-19 going back to its ugly head. So I’m cautiously optimistic, ”she said.
LATEST COVID-19 ISSUES IN CONNECTICUT
The state’s Covid-19 test positivity rate as of Thursday stood at 2.28%, with 591 new cases reported out of 25,897 tests performed. The governor said the seven-day average positivity rate was around 2.7%, down from a month ago, when it was closer to 3.5%.
On Thursday, 282 people were hospitalized for the virus, 13 more than the day before. Lamont noted that what appears to have been the height of the delta wave, there have been around 391 hospitalizations, up from 1,300 in the last wave eight months ago, and more than 2,000 when the virus struck for the first time country and state.
The FDA on Wednesday cleared booster shots for certain groups that received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The state is awaiting CDC approval for these boosters and then will begin administering these injections. There are more than 800 sites ready, the governor said, and appointments and walk-in tours will be available. The booster injections will be given in nursing homes immediately after CDC approval.
Lamont said the state has many vaccines for people over 65 and those with immunocompromise to declare they are eligible for the booster.
“People can make these dates and start going out to do it, those who are 65 and over. People need to remember that they are already immune. It’s wrong because of zero immunity and the crazy rush we had in the spring, ”Juthani said.
Federal authorities have yet to release recall guidelines for those who have received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. This orientation is
COVID-19 VACCINES FOR CHILDREN 5-11
Pfizer had said data showed its Covid-19 vaccine to be safe for children aged 5 to 11, and had expressed intention to seek emergency use authorization. The state is preparing for this and anticipates that the vaccine could be available for this age group by the end of October.
EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND EMERGENCY POWERS
The governor has asked the legislature to extend his emergency executive powers until February, and on Thursday he laid out the orders he said should continue to protect against the virus.
The governor said he was focusing the most on immunization access, immunization mandates for state employees and educators, indoor mask requirements at high-risk facilities, temporary staff support for nursing homes, optimizing the use of Unite CT prior to eviction to protect tenants, and flexibility to respond quickly to new challenges related to Covid-19 as they arise. ‘they present themselves.