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Sen. Somers, Rep. Howard to hold educational forum for families

State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, and state Rep. Greg Howard, R-Stonington, will host a public forum via Zoom on Wednesday, Dec. 8, to discuss educational topics such as COVID-19 recovery and curriculum issues with families.

A familiar response to COVID-19 omicron variant: vaccinations, boosters, masks

With latest coronavirus strain yet to appear in Connecticut, state's COVID-19 numbers climb.


Wakeup call from yet another variant

It should not need to be explained that cause and effect are at work in this scenario. If the cities with the lowest percentage of vaccinated people have the highest percentage of infection, that makes both the problem and the solution as clear as can be.

Connecticut COVID-19 Numbers

Data sourced from the Office of Governor Ned Lamont. Check here for the latest data.


New York City may be at start of winter surge of COVID-19

New York City may already be seeing signs of a winter spike in COVID-19 even though holiday travel, gatherings and colder weather are just getting started.

Connecticut virus infections twice as high in low-vax areas

Recent data shows Connecticut's COVID-19 spike is concentrated more heavily in towns with low vaccination rates

New York declares COVID state of emergency over omicron variant

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency in response to a winter coronavirus spike and the threat of the newly detected omicron variant on Friday, making her state one of the first in the country to impose measures against the...

Rhode Island cities, towns make plans to spend federal virus aid funds

Affordable housing, a full-time harbormaster, and an ice rink are just some of the things that cities and towns in Rhode Island have proposed paying for with federal coronavirus relief funding

Salem woman concerned about ramifications of expired COVID-19 vaccine

CVSHealth acknowledges its Norwich pharmacy inadvertently administered expired doses from Oct. 14 to 21.

65% of Connecticut cities, towns in red zone for infections

Sixty-five percent of Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns are now in the red alert level, the state’s highest of four levels for COVID-19 infections

Connecticut inmate dies from COVID-19

A 62-year-old Connecticut inmate has died from complications from the coronavirus

Nonprofits say COVID-19 exacerbated staffing woes into a crisis

The nonprofit network that delivers most state social services says the coronavirus pushed longstanding staffing woes into a crisis that is shrinking access for the disabled, abused children and others in need.

Lamont addresses COVID uptick, pushes booster shots

With cases rising, the governor sought to warn residents of a coming wave while pointing out that the state is better prepared now than in the past.




What we know about the San Francisco patient with first U.S. omicron variant case

Gov. Gavin Newsom announces the confirmation of California's first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 during a visit to a vaccination clinic at Frank Sparkes Elementary School in Winton, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Andrew Kuhn/The Merced Sun-Star via AP)

A person in San Francisco has been identified as having the first recorded case of the omicron variant in the United States, health officials said Wednesday.

Omicron mutations alarm scientists, but new variant must prove it can outcompete delta

Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, answers questions on the omicron variant Monday at the White House. (Washington Post photo by Demetrius Freeman)

When the variant now known as omicron first appeared on a global database of coronavirus genomic sequences, scientists were stunned. This was the weirdest creature they'd seen to date. It had an unruly swarm of mutations. Many were known to be...

Pfizer set to request authorization for coronavirus booster for 16- and 17-year-olds

In this Sept. 14, 2021, file photo, a syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

As President Joe Biden exhorts Americans to get coronavirus vaccines and booster shots to strengthen protections against the delta and omicron variants, another age group might soon become eligible for the boosters: 16- and 17-year-olds.

New variant cause for concern, not panic, Biden tells US

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks as he announces that he is nominating Jerome Powell for a second four-year term as Federal Reserve chair, during an event in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington, Nov. 22, 2021. Biden will urge Americans to get vaccinated and receive a booster shot as he seeks to quell concerns Monday over the new COVID-19 variant omicron, but won't immediately push for more restrictions to stop its spread, his chief medical adviser said.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

President Joe Biden is urging Americans to get vaccinated, including booster shots, as he seeks to quell concerns over the newly identified COVID-19 variant named omicron

EXPLAINER: What we know and don't know about omicron variant

Travelers wearing protective face masks arrive at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. Israel on Sunday approved barring entry to foreign nationals and the use of controversial technology for contact tracing as part of its efforts to clamp down on a new coronavirus variant. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The World Health Organization says it could still take some time to get a full picture of the threat posed by omicron, a new variant of the coronavirus as scientists worldwide scramble to assess its multiple mutations

WHO chief: Omicron shows need for global accord on pandemics

FILE - The logo of the World Health Organization, WHO, is displayed at the  headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, April 15, 2020. The World Health Organization is opening a long-planned special session of member states to discuss ways to strengthen the global fight against pandemics like the coronavirus, just as the worrying new omicron variant has sparked immediate concerns worldwide. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP, file)

The World Health Organization is pushing for an international accord to help prevent and fight future pandemics amid the emergence of a worrying new omicron COVID-19 variant

Biden’s travel curbs criticized as ineffective by former advisers

President Joe Biden speaks to media as he arrives on Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, as they return from Nantucket, Mass. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Former advisers to President Joe Biden said travel restrictions will do little to stop the spread of new COVID-19 variants, and the U.S. and other nations would be better off increasing vaccine deliveries to Africa.

More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more; variant reaches Canada

People wear face masks as they walk in Regent Street in London, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was necessary to take

Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders

'You've got to prepare for the worst': World responds to new variant's arrival

People queue to get vaccinated at a shopping mall, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. Advisers to the World Health Organization are holding a special session Friday to flesh out information about a worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in South Africa, though its impact on COVID-19 vaccines may not be known for weeks. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

The first inkling of a new, potentially fearsome threat arrived a few days ago. The latest variant of the coronavirus was on the move, the Biden administration was told. And, before long, evidence emerged that the variant - which would be dubbed...

Protection offered by booster shot beats ‘natural immunity,’ study suggests

Registered Nurse Eileen Kissling, right, administers a COVID-19 booster shot to Emily Kriston, of Newtown, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill East Norwegian Street in Pottsville, Pa., on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (Lindsey Shuey/Republican-Herald via AP)

Public health officials have been struggling to persuade eligible Americans to get their COVID-19 booster shots. New research could help them make the case that the extra dose will provide substantially more protection — even if...

New data: Merck's experimental COVID-19 pill less effective than hoped

This undated file image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication. U.S. health officials say Merck's experimental COVID-19 pill is effective but raises safety issues for pregnant women. The Food and Drug Administration posted its review Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, ahead of a public meeting next week where outside experts will debate the drug's benefits and risks. (Merck & Co. via AP, File)

Drugmaker Merck and its partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics released data Friday showing their experimental pill to treat COVID-19 is less effective than early clinical trials predicted, a finding that emerged as the Food and Drug Administration...

World races to contain new COVID threat, the 'omicron' variant

People line up to get on the Air France flight to Paris at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant that has been detected in South Africa. Scientists say it is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

The world is racing to contain a new coronavirus variant that is potentially more dangerous than the one that has fueled waves of infection on nearly every continent

Health agency: Europe's COVID surge could be 'window into the future' for U.S.

A company medical assistant draws up a dose of the Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease in a company vaccination center for employees of Robert Bosch GmbH in Gerlingen, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)

Global health leaders are urging caution as the holiday season gets underway, pointing to a 23% spike in coronavirus cases across the Americas in the past week, a surge that follows spikes in Europe - which officials warn could be a "window into the...

Stocks sink on new COVID variant; Dow Jones loses 900 points

FILE - The New York Stock Exchange operates during normal business hours in the Financial District, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in New York.  Stocks are opening sharply lower on Wall Street Friday, Nov. 26,  after South Africa found a fast-spreading coronavirus variant and the European Union proposed suspending air travel from southern Africa.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Stocks are sharply lower on Wall Street Friday after South Africa found a fast-spreading coronavirus variant and the European Union proposed suspending air travel from southern Africa

WHO hosts special meeting on worrying new COVID-19 variant

FILE - A child winces as he receives his Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 in Diepsloot Township near Johannesburg, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)

Advisers to the World Health Organization are holding a special session to flesh out information about a worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has been detected in South Africa, though its impact on COVID-19 vaccines may not be known for weeks

Who's a pandemic hero? Some states, cities still debating hazard pay

Health care workers pray outside Saint Francis Hospital, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. Connecticut essential state employees, such as nurses, long-term care workers, prison staff and first responders who worked long hours during the COVID-19 pandemic, are still waiting for

While many workers deemed essential in their respective states have already pandemic hazard pay or hero pay, there are thousands more are still waiting for the same financial pat-on-the-back

With Black Friday, the holiday shopping season moves into high gear

Black Friday shoppers wearing face masks wait in line to enter a store at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, Calif., Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Retailers are expected to usher in the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, with bigger crowds than last year in a closer step toward normalcy. But the fallout from the pandemic continues to weigh on businesses and shoppers' minds. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Shoppers buoyed by solid hiring, healthy pay gains and substantial savings are returning to stores and splurging on all types of items

On the road again: Travelers emerge in time for Thanksgiving

Travelers queue up at the south security checkpoint as traffic increases with the approach of the Thanksgiving Day holiday Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at Denver International Airport in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Millions of Americans are loading up their cars or piling onto planes, determined to reclaim Thanksgiving traditions that were put on pause last year by the pandemic

Here's how COVID shots for kids help prevent dangerous new variants

Solome Walker, 9, looks down at her bandage after getting her first Pfizer COVID-19 shot at a vaccination clinic for young students at Ramsey Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. Scientists say vaccinating kids against COVID-19 should not only slow the spread of the coronavirus but also help prevent potentially-dangerous variants from emerging. Each new infection brings another opportunity for the virus to mutate and evolve dangerous new traits. (AP Photo/Laura Ungar)

Scientists say vaccinating kids should not only slow the spread of the coronavirus but also help prevent potentially-dangerous variants from emerging

Official: More than 90% of fed workers got shots by deadline

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks during a ceremony to pardon the national Thanksgiving turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, Nov. 19, 2021. More than 90% of federal workers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday’s deadline set by President Joe Biden. Biden announced in September that all federal workers were required to undergo vaccination, with no test-out option, unless they secured an approved medical or religious exemption. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

More than 90% of federal workers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday’s deadline set by President Joe Biden

Expect to pay more for Christmas trees, experts say

A shopper passes by a display of Christmas trees outside the main entrance to a grocery store, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in southeast Denver. Add Christmas trees to the list of items facing shortages and higher prices this year. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Add Christmas trees to the list of items facing shortages and higher prices this year

Conn. COVID-19 rate rising faster than other states

Connecticut is experiencing a more rapid increase in COVID-19 cases than any other state, according to the most recent statistics

Marine Corps on course to be military's worst when it comes to getting vaccinated

Marines line up for coronavirus vaccines at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in January. (Lance Cpl. Quince Bisard/U.S. Marine Corps)

Up to 10,000 active-duty Marines will not be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus when their deadline arrives in coming days, a trajectory expected to yield the U.S. military's worst immunization rate.

Stonington school officials to hold Dec. 8 forum on masks, quarantines

Superintendent of Schools Van Riley says he has also offered to have the school system serving as pilot program for implementation of so-called "test and stay" protocol that is in place in other states.

Climate change and extreme weather are crimping America's pie supply

Key lime pies are produced en masse in the Mike's Pies factory in Tampa, Fla., on Nov. 4, 2021. (Photo for The Washington Post by Zack Wittman)

Economists broadly expect that the labor and supply chain disruptions should work themselves out as the pandemic fades, but they say climate and weather impacts will remain major threats to food and a growing number of other industries.