Monroe’s COVID case rates still steady, Memorial Day Parade is a go

MONROE, CT — Some Connecticut towns have been identified as COVID-19 hot spots with significant increases in cases, but Monroe’s two-week rolling case rate remains unchanged at just under six new cases per day, according to First Selectman Ken Kellogg.

“Our two-week case rate remains at 29.7 cases per 100,000 population,” he said in his pandemic update Friday. “As of yesterday’s report, Monroe has had 1,279 cases, and 14 deaths, since the start of the pandemic.”

Kellogg said over 47 percent of Monroe’s population has now received at least one vaccination. The state rate is currently just under 41 percent.

“Our vaccination clinics in Monroe continue weekly, and we continue to offer the vaccine made by Moderna,” he said.

Dr. John Iannarone, who volunteers at the Monroe Health Department’s vaccination clinics, noted the only COVID vaccine approved for young adults ages 16-17 is the Pfizer vaccine, while the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson Covid vaccines are currently approved for ages 18 and up.

Kellogg said, “statewide, despite a temporary reduction in the availability of Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week, we expect opportunities in our area for all three vaccines to continue to expand in the coming weeks.”

Monroe continues to post new appointments in VAMS each Thursday morning, and signups for our weekly standby list on Monday mornings.

Memorial Day Parade

“I am very happy to announce that Monroe’s 2021 Memorial Day Parade will be held on Sunday, May 30th,” Kellogg said. “Additional information regarding how we will conduct this year’s parade will be provided in the coming days from the Town Clerk’s Office.”

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