Rate of new COVID-19 cases in Monroe continue to drop

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Monroe Town Hall on a sunny afternoon. Photo by John Babina

MONROE, CT — Monroe’s case rates for COVID-19 steadily declined over the past month, dropping to an average of three new cases per day. But First Selectman Ken Kellogg reminds residents to remain vigilant in taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Please continue to consider the current CDC recommendation to wear a mask inside public spaces, especially when social distancing cannot be maintained and where children under 12 are present,” Kellogg said in an update on the pandemic Friday. “Also, remember that businesses may continue to decide to require masks by everyone inside their facilities.”

A booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine has been recommended and authorized for certain individuals with moderate to severely compromised immune systems, Kellogg said. These doses have also been recommended for everyone age 65 and older. However, only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for those individuals.

“Since our town vaccination clinics for those over 65 provided only Moderna vaccine, we are still waiting on CDC and FDA authorization — and state approval — for Moderna prior to scheduling our booster clinics,” the first selectman said.

Earlier this week, Gov. Ned Lamont extended his state emergency declarations through February 15, 2022. The governor also issued an executive order continuing a universal mask requirement in schools, childcare facilities and certain higher-risk settings, such as public transportation, according to Kellogg.

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