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DPH: Mask Up

As most of the state of Connecticut moves into the CDC’s “substantial” COVID spread category the Department of Public Health is recommending that people mask up indoors even if they are vaccinated.  Fairfield, Windham and Tolland counties were added to the list Friday of areas with “substantial” COVID spread.  The Department of Public Health advised…

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Paid Leave Authority Chooses Aflac

The insurance company Aflac was chosen as the claims administrator for Connecticut’s new paid Family and Medical Leave Program.  The fortune 500 company known for its supplemental insurance product will be moving 150 jobs to Windsor as a result of the award by the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority.  “This is not only great news for…

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Public Health Recommends Return To Masks In Three Counties

The Public Health Department “strongly” recommended Thursday that people wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status in three Connecticut counties where COVID-19 transmission rates are now high enough to meet new federal masking guidelines. At a transmission rate of 52.18 cases per 100,000 residents, New Haven County joined New London and Hartford Counties in the…

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Children Manage Social Cues In A Masked World

HARTFORD, CT – After more than a year of mask-wearing for younger children, many parents across the state are evaluating whether it’s had an effect on their children’s social skills.  “My daughter is adjusting,” Waterbury resident Erica Mendes said. “Sometimes when she doesn’t recognize the person, she cries and tunnel hugs me. It just depends…

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State Gives Boost In Security Funding To Houses of Worship, Nonprofits

BLOOMFIELD, CT  —  Almost 100 Connecticut non-profit groups including religious houses of worship will get a funding boost from the state in order to shore up their security measures, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Wednesday.  The governor and local religious leaders hosted a press conference outside B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom Synagogue in Bloomfield to announce $3.8 million in…

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Lamont Says Feds Went From ‘Warp Speed’ to ‘Slow Roll’

BLOOMFIELD, CT – Gov. Ned Lamont pressed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to give final approval to COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday, saying federal regulators’ ongoing reliance on emergency authorizations discourages vaccine uptake. “It’s really time for the FDA to step up and make up their minds on these vaccines,” Lamont said following an unrelated press conference.…

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Officials Warn of Shortage, Call for Blood Donations

FARMINGTON, CT – “We have a one day blood supply and that puts us in a precarious situation,” Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz said Wednesday at a press conference to draw attention to the situation. “Ideally, we need a five day blood supply so that we have enough to take care of the people of our…

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No Sign Of Solutions To Juvenile Car Theft Wave

HARTFORD, CT — A rash of juvenile crime involving car theft seemed an unavoidable subject Tuesday as Gov. Ned Lamont and proponents of two recently passed laws on gun policy gathered for a ceremonial bill signing.  During an event at a Hartford nonprofit, Lamont and organizers celebrated a law that enables Medicaid to fund violence…

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Lawmakers Use Baseball To Get To Know Each Other

About half of the 151 members in the House of Representatives will be attending a Hartford Yard Goats game Tuesday.  It won’t be on the taxpayers’ dime. They will pay $33 for their admission to the game and for an opportunity to get to know each other.  “I think it’s a big help for newer…

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Lamont Considers Recommending Indoor Masking

With the Centers for Disease Control expected to issue guidance Tuesday calling for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people to wear masks indoors, Gov. Ned Lamont said Connecticut would likely make similar recommendations.  “I think at this stage, what I’d do is probably reiterate what the CDC says, which is vaccinated and unvaccinated — if this…

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State Urged To Distribute Rental Assistance At Faster Pace

Connecticut’s eviction moratorium ended last month but in order to evict a tenant who hasn’t paid rent, landlords must prove they’ve applied for federal funds to pay back rent. “I don’t think they’re moving quickly enough and I don’t think they’re streamlining the application process,” Erin Kemple, executive director of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center,…

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Lamont Names Infectious Disease Expert To Head Department of Public Health

Yale infectious diseases physician Manisha Juthani will lead the Public Health Department as its next permanent commissioner, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday. Juthani will take over for Dr. Deidre Gifford who has directed the agency throughout most of the pandemic.   In May 2020, Lamont fired Public Health Commissioner Renee Coleman-Mitchell and named Gifford, the state…

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Will Eligibility For Youth Sports Hinge On The COVID Vaccine?

State and youth sports officials encouraged eligible student athletes to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus Monday, but declined to say whether it would be a requirement for participation during the coming school year. With schools reconvening in a matter of weeks and COVID cases resurging amidst spread of the more-infectious Delta variant, parents and…

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