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As of 3 p.m. yesterday, according to the Connecticut Department of Health, the state’s positivity rate stood at 3.35% -- the first time it has risen above 3% in several weeks.
“This alert applies to all residents in these areas whether they are vaccinated or not," said acting Department of Public Health Commissioner Deidre Gifford.
Juthani -- an infectious diseases physician at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, where she specializes in the diagnosis, management, and prevention of infections in older adults -- has been nominated to become the state's new Department of Public Health commissioner.
Most nursing home employees will see an increase in their wages to at least $20 per hour.
“My goal is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible, and I believe this is the best path to meeting that challenge,” the governor said.
“We want to ensure that communities at highest risk have equitable access to the vaccines that will protect them and allow everyone to return to a sense of normalcy," says Acting Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford.
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.
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