There were 133 fatal overdoses in April 2020, compared to 86 in 2019 — a 35% increase.
A lack of vaccines, staff shortages and uneven distribution have contributed to complicate the city’s COVID vaccination efforts.
At the beginning of this week, almost all nursing home residents have had at least one dose of vaccine.
Of the 75+ age group, 13% of Black residents, 18% of Hispanics and 30% of whites have received first doses.
The plan includes an annual assessment on insurance carriers to fund additional subsidies on Connecticut’s insurance exchange, Access Health CT.
The memo emphasized that COVID vaccine providers must do a better job of tracking race and ethnicity data.
The result is a potpourri of options but a potential lack of coordination.
Legal immunity for nursing homes and hospitals will end March 1, nearly a year after the state imposed the order.
Phone lines will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week starting Monday.
Officials believe 50% to 60% of the state’s more than 25,000 nursing home employees have now been vaccinated.
First-dose clinics are “paused” and any second-dose appointments that had not come through their systems originally are cancelled.
Many of the towns that are doing better, small or large, have health departments that are running weekly vaccination clinics.
Gov. Ned Lamont stopped short of fully lifting the curfew for restaurants, as neighboring states have done.
Seven communities have yet to vaccinate 25 percent of their elderly population, including three cities: Bridgeport, New Britain and Waterbury.
Vernon officials are using Uber to bring people to vaccine clinics. It’s a first in the nation.