Statistics show a slight drop in Monroe’s new COVID-19 cases

MONROE, CT — A drop in the rate of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in Connecticut continues this week, and First Selectman Ken Kellogg says Monroe’s case rate also fell slightly, to 6.5 new cases per day.

“Our two-week case rate is now 32.7 cases per 100,000 population,” Kellogg said Friday, in his weekly update on the pandemic. “Our overall case totals, as of yesterday, in Monroe is 932 cases and 12 deaths — confirmed and probable since the beginning of the pandemic.”

State vaccination efforts continue to focus on individuals over age 75.

“We understand that many individuals in other groups are eager to be vaccinated,” Kellogg said. “The town has not yet been provided with any further specifics on the timing of other groups.”

He said town officials believe vaccinations will be available for those over 65 by early February, followed by frontline essential workers and those with certain underlying medical conditions by late February or early March.

Monroe still offers drive-through testing at Masuk High School every other Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The next round of testing will be this Wednesday, Feb. 3.

The Monroe Health Department continues to run vaccine clinics for residents over age 75. For assistance, call the department at 203-452-2818.

“Leave a message if necessary and someone will return your call as soon as possible,” Kellogg said.

The state added more staff to its Vaccine Appointment Assist Line, 1-877-918-2224, and the call wait times are now under three minutes, according to Kellogg.

“Please remember that statewide, all vaccinations are being done by appointment only,” he said. “Do not show up at a site without an appointment.”

In other news related to the pandemic, Kellogg said Gov. Ned Lamont extended his state of emergency declaration through April 20, 2021.

“The governor also indicated that he intends to relax some of the restrictions regarding restaurants and places of worship,” Kellogg said. “Details are expected next week.”

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