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Connecticut presently ranks in the top five of states administering the vaccines to residents. The state is anticipating receipt of about 45,000 doses per week from the federal government.
The governor said that over 100,000 doses have been administered to date, and that some 1,800 people have received the required second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.
This year, the governor said, “We will continue to emphasize our best-in-the-nation public schools and workforce development, making sure every child, regardless of zip code, race, color, or creed, has the best opportunity at the starting line of life.”
“It will be important going forward that sports league or event organizers give their coaches and players the tools to mitigate risks of transmission as much as possible," said Department of Public Health Acting Commissioner Deidre Gifford.
The group's members will be responsible for advising the governor on preparations for a Covid-19 vaccine, including the optimization of a statewide vaccine distribution strategy, and communicating critical medical information about the vaccine with the state’s residents.
The move follows a newly issued directive from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
“I want this group to review every possible scenario when it comes to the science and efficacy of the vaccine, as well as the logistics of its distribution," the governor said.
As of June 10, Connecticut’s nursing homes had recorded 8,669 confirmed COVID cases and 2,106 deaths.
Six days in to Phase 1 of reopening the state, the picture in Connecticut is good, at least on an anecdotal basis. So said Gov. Ned Lamont at his daily briefing today. However, he noted, disagreement with the tribal owners over their planned June 1 reopening continues.
This is a limited series of Q&As by Fairfield County Business Journal Bureau Chief Kevin Zimmerman with leaders in various business sectors and industries....
Gov. Ned Lamont focused on the continued ramping up of COVID-19 testing at today's briefing, noting that the number of weekly tests has increased from about 18,000 a couple of weeks ago to roughly 29,000 now.
Asked by the Business Journal if Renee Coleman-Mitchell had resigned or been dismissed, the governor said: “That’s still being worked out.”
With roughly straight seven days of declining hospitalizations – the federal government recommends 14 consecutive days before easing restrictions -- Gov. Ned Lamont said that announcements about reopening some businesses could be made within the next 7-10 days.
"We're fighting a war against this virus -- a war that never is won," Gov. Ned Lamont said this morning. Acknowledging that there's a growing outcry "to get back to our everyday lives," he said: "Now is not the time to relax the social distancing."
Fairfield County still has the state’s largest number of coronavirus incidents, with 4,417 confirmed cases, 665 hospitalizations and 155 deaths.