As Monroe’s new COVID cases go down, vaccinations rise

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MONROE, CT — Monroe is following the national trend of dropping case rates of COVID-19. The town is now averaging just under four new cases per day, according to First Selectman Ken Kellogg.

“Our two-week case rate is now 19.8 cases per 100,000 population,” he said in his most recent update on the global pandemic.

As of Thursday, Monroe has had 1,019 cases, and 12 deaths, since the start of the pandemic, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Daily testing is now available at two urgent care centers: DOCS Urgent Care on Route 25 and Hartford Healthcare/St. Vincent’s Immediate Care on Route 111. Both offer appointments and walk-in testing.

Vaccination for those over the age of 65 are still underway. Visit the town’s website for information on options available in the area.

Kellogg said over 2,300 Monroe residents, or about 12 percent of the town’s population, have received at least one vaccination.

“Clinics continue to be run by the Monroe Health Department, scheduled through VAMS,” he said. “In some circumstances, we may have a very small number of extra doses become available due to a missed appointment or extra doses in a vial. Starting on Monday, the COVID-19 page on the town website will have a link to signup to be on a vaccination ‘standby’ list for a specific day.”

To be on the standby list, one must be registered in VAMS and be available to be vaccinated within the hour if called. Details will be provided on the signup page.

“The governor has advised that further details on the next eligibility group, including frontline essential workers and those with certain health conditions, will be announced on Monday,” Kellogg said.

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