BOSTON (AP) — CONNECTICUT
The state Division of Public Well being on Sunday issued an alert that strongly recommends all Connecticut residents over 2 years previous put on face masks in indoor public areas, whether or not they’re vaccinated or not, given the fast improve in COVID-19 instances over the previous two weeks due to the Delta variant.
The warning got here as all however one of many state’s eight counties have been categorized by the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management as having “substantial transmission” of COVID-19. The state’s solely county with average transmission, Litchfield County, has a excessive chance of assembly the substantial threshold quickly, the state division mentioned.
DPH on Sunday additionally urged each vaccinated and unvaccinated residents at excessive danger for issues of COVID-19, reminiscent of people with diabetes, compromised immune programs, being pregnant, weight problems and bronchial asthma, to keep away from giant indoor gatherings that would embrace a mixture of vaccinated and unvaccinated folks.
The company pressured how vaccination “stays an important protection towards sickness and hospitalization.” Greater than 59% of the inhabitants of Connecticut has been absolutely vaccinated towards the coronavirus with greater than 64% having acquired not less than one shot of a vaccine.
That’s in keeping with statistics launched Wednesday by the state.
The variety of new instances of COVID-19 in Massachusetts are skewing towards youthful adults, in keeping with information launched by the state.
The age group with the biggest variety of newly confirmed instances through the previous two weeks have been these aged 20-29 who had greater than 1,200 new instances of COVID-19.
The group with the subsequent highest variety of new confirmed instances have been these aged 30-39, who reported simply over 1,000 newly confirmed instances through the previous two weeks.
The numbers fall off dramatically with these aged 40-49 reporting 594 new instances within the half two weeks and people aged 50-59 reporting 617 new instances.
The variety of instances amongst older residents was considerably much less.
These aged 19 and below additionally confirmed far fewer new instances.
Democratic lawmakers in New Hampshire are praising the choice of the U.S. Division of Justice to file a quick Friday in a federal appeals court docket supporting their efforts to press Republican Home Speaker Sherman Packard to require the Home to supply them with distant entry to periods.
A gaggle of seven Democratic lawmakers say their well being situations make them notably weak to issues from COVID-19.
They sued Packard arguing that holding in-person periods and not using a distant possibility violates the People with Disabilities Act and the state and federal constitutions, and forces them to both danger their lives or abandon their duties as elected officers.
A federal choose dominated towards them, saying the Home may proceed with in-person periods. However the Boston-based 1st Circuit Court docket of Appeals in April despatched the case again to the choose with directions to carry additional proceedings to find out if the plaintiffs are “individuals with disabilities throughout the that means” of the ADA or the federal Rehabilitation Act.
Home Democratic Chief Rep. Renny Cushing, the lead plaintiff within the case, mentioned the submitting by the Justice Division “represents sturdy help of the place of the plaintiffs on this case, and agency rejection of the place of Speaker Packard that he’s permitted, by advantage of his workplace, to disregard the duties and tasks of federal statute.”
Democratic Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee and state well being and schooling officers are recommending using masks in faculties to assist gradual the unfold of the coronavirus.
McKee mentioned in an announcement Thursday that the state is urging faculties align their insurance policies with steerage from the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention recommending common masks use inside faculty settings.
“As Rhode Island has completed beforehand, we are going to proceed to observe the CDC’s most up-to-date replace to its steerage for faculties. We strongly advocate that college districts set a coverage that requires masking in faculties this fall no matter vaccination standing in direct correlation with CDC steerage,” McKee mentioned in joint assertion with Schooling Commissioner Angélica Infante-Inexperienced, and Director of the Division of Well being Nicole Alexander-Scott.
“We additionally know that vaccinations are probably the most highly effective instrument we have now as we work in the direction of a full return to in-person studying within the fall. With the beginning of the college 12 months a number of weeks away, now’s the time for eligible workers and college students to get vaccinated,” they added.
As of Sunday, the full variety of reported COVID-19 instances in Maine stood at simply over 70,400.
Of these, about 51,400 are confirmed instances and about 19,000 are listed as possible instances.
The variety of deaths for the reason that begin of the pandemic stands at 900, whereas the cumulative variety of hospitalizations is available in at greater than 2,100.
The best variety of deaths by far have been amongst these aged 80 and over.
Practically 80% of Vermont residents aged 12 and older have acquired not less than one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, in keeping with state well being officers.
Essentially the most vaccinated populations are the oldest within the state with 99.9% of these aged 70 to 74 having acquired not less than one shot and 95.5% of these aged 75 and over having acquired not less than one shot.
There’s a disparity by race, with 77.5% of white residents having reported receiving not less than one shot in comparison with 67.5% of Black residents.
About 82% of females 12 or older have reported receiving not less than one shot, in comparison with 77.2% of males.