Sunday, February 21, 2021

Corona Virus Update, 2/21/21

 Our Covid hospitalizations in CT dropped to 535 this week and our % positive cases was between 2-3%. Almost all our nursing home residents have been vaccinated, and about 65% of our 75+ state residents and we’ve move on to our 65-75 year olds. Over 500,000 CT residents (14%) have received at least their first dose and we’re vacinating over 81,000 new people a week.

We have about 3.5 total CT residents. 

The small clinic I volunteer at, Northeast District Department of Health, has vaccinated over 3,000 and I’m proud to be part of the 11,000 volunteers working across the state, the result of a call from Office of Governor Ned Lamont

The limiting factor is the supply of vacinations and we are hopeful that this supply will increase soon.

Our the darker side, we have now lost over 7500 CT residents to Covid-19.

My reaction to the first dose, about 10 days ago, was a sore arm for about 2 days.

This past week, UHP University Health Professionals Local 3837 Bill Garrity and I testified for a bill in the CT legislature that would extend treatment for emotional and mental injury to all workers under Worker’s Compensation. Covid has made clear the need for this.

This week, we will be supporting legislation that would presume that if a CT essential worker contracted Covid, that it happened at work. At the present time, the burden fo proof lies with the healthcare or other essential worker, in order to be elligible for Worker’s Compensation. With this legislation, a hospital or other business could still challenge the case, but care would not be delayed.

Also this week, or soon afterwards, we expect U.S. Representative Joe Courtney for Congress to reintroduce legislation calling for an OSHA Standard for Workplace Violence against Healthcare Workers and Social Workers. A similar bill passed the House with bipartisan support but died in the Senate. Our hope is that with a new Senate, this needed legislation could become law. Congressman Courtney has worked diligently on this for several years with the support of Labor, including AFT Connecticut , AFT Nurses & Health Professionals  and Connecticut AFL-CIO

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Corona Virus update 2/10/21

The Positive test rate in Connecticut today is 3.1% and hospitalizations are down to 770, the same number they were at on November 17. 

Today I received my first dose of the Modera Vaccine at the clinic where I will be a volunteer vaccinator 


 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Corona Virus Update 2/2/21

Hospitalizations in Connecticut are down to 900 statewide today. They maxed out at 1,970 last spring, dropped to under 100 in the summer, and increased to around 1,200 early this winter. 
Our healthcare professionals are mostly vaccinated at this point as are nursing home residents. 
We are hovering around 3.5 to 4.5% positive cases, which is down from a few weeks ago. 
After 85+ year olds are vaccinated, we will move on to 65-85 year olds, then essential workers. 
Whether essential workers are further tiered out has not yet been determined. Our school staff members are considered essential workers. 

We expect our supply of doses to increase by about 16%.  

Key messages & updates from the State of Connecticut

• As of Sunday night, 425,144 doses of vaccine had been administered, including

338,859 first doses. Of the total doses administered, 337,092 doses have been administered at hospitals, clinics, or local health departments and 88,052 doses have

been administered to nursing home staff and residents.

• 45% of our 75 and over population have received their first vaccine dose

• More than 86,000 Connecticut residents are fully vaccinated, having received both

doses of the vaccination

• Nearly all 2nd dose clinics at the state’s nursing homes should be complete by the end of this week.

• Our priority and the priority of all of our vaccinators should remain focused on ensuring that our residents who are at highest risk from severe disease and death from COVID-19 are receiving the vaccine now. All vaccinators should be scheduling and administering vaccine only to the 75+ population and Phase 1a individuals until further notice.

• Our other priority is to ensure that 75+ residents from communities of color, who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, are vaccinated. Starting this week, DPH will be redirecting some of the state’s allocation to locations with large populations of Black and Latino residents in order to address equity issues.

• Anyone who has received a first dose of the vaccine should schedule and receive the second dose – this includes all individuals who were not eligible as either 75+ or Phase 1a but received the first dose.

• Updates have been made to the VAMS system to help providers schedule second shot appointments at the time of the first shot appointment. Additionally, providers can now run reports in VAMS to conduct outreach to proactively schedule second doses for individuals who received their first shot but do not yet have a second appointment scheduled.

• Until directed by the State or your employer, you are not currently permitted to schedule a vaccine appointment, even if you are eligible within Phase 1b.

• Patience remains the keyword: With 1.3 million CT residents in Phase 1b and a limited supply of vaccine from the federal government, it will take time to vaccinate everyone eligible in this phase.

• Continue to mask, social distance, practice good hand hygiene, and limit gatherings to the individuals in your own household. With variants of COVID circulating in the US and the UK variant detected in CT, it is imperative that residents continue to follow these basic public health guidelines and to:

• Get tested if you feel sick or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and self-quarantine if you are positive.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Corona Virus update 1/24/21

 One year after the start of the Corona Virus, and one day after taking office, President Biden orders workplace protection for the safety of those who keep us safe. 

Thank you sir, thank you to all who have advocated for this, and thank you to all our essential workers. 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/21/executive-order-protecting-worker-health-and-safety/

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Corona Virus Update 1/19/21

 Today we passed a dark landmark in the U.S.  We have now lost over 400,000 Americans to Covid 19. 


Here in Connecticut, hospitalizations remain fairly stable at 1,141 statewide and % positive tests at 5.65% today. We have lost 6,682 Connecticut residents. 
196,000 Connecticut residents have been vaccinated, including our Healthcare Professionals, who have received one or both vacination doses. 
75+ year olds are being vaccinated now. 
Below is the latest on Vaccinations. 

Governor Ned Lamont

01/19/2021 

Governor Lamont Announces Tiered Approach To Phase 1b Vaccine Appointments


Focus Remains on Appointments for Individuals Older Than 75; Individuals 65+ Will Be Next, Followed by Individuals With a High-Risk Condition and Frontline Essential Workers; Vaccine Clinics in Congregate Settings Will Occur Throughout


(HARTFORD, CT) – With nearly 1.4 million individuals included in Phase 1b of Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout and the state anticipating to receive about 45,000 doses of vaccine per week from the federal government, Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is directing the Connecticut Department of Public Health to proceed through the remaining groups in the phase with a tiered approach based on risk of adverse health outcomes from the virus. The governor is directing the implementation be done in an equitable way, with vaccine distribution points focused in areas where residents and communities have barriers to access and care.

The tiered approach to Phase 1b will proceed as follows:

  • Scheduling now: Individuals over the age of 75
  • Scheduling next (likely early February): Individuals between the ages of 65 and 74
  • Scheduling soon (likely late February or early March): Frontline essential workers and individuals with underlying medical conditions who have an increased risk for severe illness

The roll-out of the vaccine to staff and residents of congregate living settings will be phased in throughout Phase 1b.

More information about the definitions of frontline essential workers and the list of eligible underlying medical conditions will be made available in the next several weeks.

“We are working to administer the vaccine to as many people as possible, but the greatest barrier continues to be our supply as we are only scheduled to receive about 45,000 doses of the vaccine per week, while 1.4 million people are eligible under phase 1b,” Governor Lamont said. “That is why we are working to roll this out in a way that gets the vaccine to the people who are at greatest risk first. The good news is that we are seeing an overwhelming number of people in our state who want to receive the vaccine – and that is a key component of keeping our residents safe from COVID-19. In the meantime, our administration will continue doing everything we can to get more doses of the vaccine into Connecticut as quickly as possible.”

“We have begun in earnest vaccinations of our 75 and older population,” Acting Public Health Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford said. “We have dozens of large vaccination clinics up and running throughout the state with more coming online soon. In order to vaccinate our 75 plus residents as quickly as possible so that we can move on to the other groups within 1b, it is critical that we focus on getting shots in the arms of those elderly and most vulnerable residents. We continue to ask for everyone’s patience as we proceed through Phase 1b and on to subsequent phases. As you patiently wait your turn for vaccination, please remember to continue wearing masks, social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene and gathering only with the members of your own household.”

Also today, the Department of Public Health sent a communication to all school districts, local health departments, and vaccine providers requesting that anyone who has an appointment for Friday of this weekor later cancel these appointments unless they are over the age of 75 or if they were eligible to receive vaccine as part of Phase 1a. Similarly, vaccine providers with clinics scheduled past this Thursday that are not devoted to individuals 75 and over or eligible in Phase 1a are being asked to cancel those clinics. This is being done in order to ensure that Connecticut’s focus on individuals over the age of 75 is maintained.

As of Sunday, January 17, approximately 221,000 doses of vaccine have been administered in Connecticut since the vaccine program’s inception, including 196,000 first doses. Connecticut has administered 71 percent of the total doses it has received from the federal government, including 92 percent of doses allocated for all healthcare organizations and local health departments, placing the state in the top five of states for administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccination distribution plans in Connecticut, visit ct.gov/covidvaccine.