Monroe now averages less than 3 new COVID-19 cases per day

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MONROE, CT — Monroe’s two-week rolling COVID-19 case rate dropped again. Now the town averages less-than-three new cases per day.

“Our two-week case rate is 15 cases per 100,000 population,” First Selectman Ken Kellogg said in his weekly update on the pandemic Friday. “As of yesterday’s report, Monroe has had 1,397 cases and 14 deaths since the start of the pandemic.”

Kellogg said those numbers are based on the revised total from the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Connecticut is the first state in the nation to achieve full vaccination status in over 50-percent of the population, the first selectman said, adding the Monroe Health Department’s Wednesday vaccination clinics will be open to walk-ups from 9 a.m.  to 3 p.m.

“We are currently offering both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine, both of which are approved for adults 18-and-older,” Kellogg said. “We anticipate that Pfizer vaccine, currently approved for age 16 and over, will receive approval next week for age 12-15.”

Parents are encouraged to use the state vaccine portal, which is available through the town’s website, www.MonroeCT.org/COVID-19, to find area providers who are administering Pfizer vaccine.

Additionally, families should be on the lookout for an email from Monroe public schools early next week, as we are looking to determine the interest to collaborate with a healthcare system to provide a school-based vaccination effort,” Kellogg said.

Free COVID-19 testing is still scheduled for May 12 and May 26 at the Stevenson Firehouse from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

On May 19, all remaining business restrictions are scheduled to end on. Indoor masks will continue and the Connecticut Department of Public Health will issue recommendations for indoor and large outdoor events.

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