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Yale student tests negative for Ebola, but state steps up preparations

This is a photo of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen during a briefing on Ebola at the state's emergency operations center Thursday.

Preliminary testing indicates that the Yale doctoral student admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital with Ebola-like symptoms does not have the deadly virus. While awaiting the results, officials sought to emphasize the efforts to prepare in case someone in Connecticut contracts Ebola virus -- while also trying to reassure people that the risk of infection is low. Continue Reading →

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DSS phone wait time drops (to 66 minutes)

The average wait time to reach a state Department of Social Services by phone in September. The red bars represent Mondays.

Nearly two thirds of callers who wanted to speak to a worker at the state Department of Social Services hung up before getting through, but that, too, was an improvement over previous months. In September, 64 percent of callers who wanted to reach a worker hung up first, compared to 71 percent in August and 75 percent in July. Continue Reading →

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How prepared is CT for an Ebola outbreak?


Public health officials often say that when things are going right, their jobs are largely unnoticed. But the presence of Ebola in the U.S. has put a spotlight on public health preparedness -- and on what some experts say has been a problematic reduction in steady federal funding for public health efforts. Continue Reading →

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