Thursday’s guidance puts additional pressure on nursing homes as cases rise sharply and staffing issues persist, providers said.
Between 70% to 80% of hospitalized COVID patients are unvaccinated, said CT Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani.
By the end of 2021, Connecticut’s eligible population is over 72% vaccinated, one of the highest rates. But challenges remain.
The man, who is in his 60s, may have caught COVID from a relative who attended a convention in NYC.
“At this stage, it is still something that is up to the individual cities and towns,” said Lamont’s spokesman.
State officials also encouraged Connecticut residents to get a booster shot ahead of the holidays.
Gov. Ned Lamont and Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani have urged adult residents to get inoculated ahead of the holidays.
“If you’re over 18, go get yourself a booster shot right now if you haven’t had one already,” he said.
“This was a time that I could step up to the challenge,” Dr. Manisha Juthani said.
Some Connecticut cities are reverting to virtual public meetings and reimplementing mask mandates in government buildings.
Eighty-seven percent of Connecticut’s nursing home population has been vaccinated, while 70% percent of the workforce has been immunized.
The mask mandate will be lifted the same day that other COVID-19 restrictions expire.
Connecticut will end its COVID-19 restrictions in two steps: May 1 for outdoor activities and May 19 for everything else.
Every nursing home will soon be paired with a provider that can regularly address the facility’s vaccination needs.
Since Thursday, 50,000 residents age 16 to 44 – the newest group granted access – received a first dose of the vaccine.