Monroe now averages just over 1 new COVID case per day

MONROE, CT — Monroe’s two-week rolling COVID-19 case rate dropped to an average of just over one new case per day, coinciding with Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive order lifting many restrictions.

“It’s my hope that this week’s full, and hopefully final, reopening of our state marks a new beginning, as we get even closer to a return to normal,” First Selectman Ken Kellogg said in his weekly update Friday. “I will continue to provide regular, written updates on our website, our Facebook page, and through local media and email. I will be suspending CodeRED pandemic updates by phone, unless there is important or time-sensitive information to share.”

All remaining business and other Sector Rules have been lifted, with certain exceptions regarding mask-wearing, according to Kellogg.

    • While masks are not required outdoors, unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks indoors, and universal masks are still required in certain settings, such as healthcare facilities, transit, schools, and childcare facilities.
    • Individual businesses may choose to require universal masking within their establishment.

“My thanks to our emergency management team and to all our dedicated staff and volunteers who worked throughout this pandemic, and to the Monroe community for coming together during some very challenging times,” Kellogg said.

The first selectman said Monroe’s two-week case rate is 6.2 cases per 100,000 population. As of Thursday’s Connecticut Department of Public Health report, Monroe has had 1,411 cases and 15 deaths, since the start of the pandemic.

Vaccinations, testing

“Thanks to the Monroe Health Department and our Emergency Management team for successfully incorporating Monroe students age 12 and over during this week’s vaccination clinic,” Kellogg said.

The town continues to offer vaccination clinics for adults age 18 and over on Wednesdays. Appointments may be made through VAMS, but are no longer necessary. Walk-ins are welcome from 9 a.m. until noon.

The Town will have a drive-through test clinic on Wednesday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stevenson Fire Station.

“Due to the significant reduction in demand for testing since mid-April, this will be our last scheduled drive-through test clinic,” Kellogg said.

Testing continues to be offered at both urgent care centers in Monroe.

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