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Voices of the unvaccinated: Why some refuse to get COVID-19 shots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people be vaccinated even if they already have had COVID-19.


Elected officials need to pay attention to high unemployment rates here

The rate is only slightly higher in Waterbury, Hartford and Ansonia.


COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Mohegan Sun on Wednesdays through February

The walk-in clinics will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mohegan Sun’s Seasons Buffet.


Seaport receives $519,000 in grants

Mystic Seaport has announced it has received three grants totaling $519,999 from Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Staff shortages reached tipping point, closing Norwich Public Schools on Friday

With more than 130 staff absences Friday, Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow was forced to close school, a day to be made up in June.


OPINION

Government: Be honest about Covid

When the experts get it wrong, the stakes are high. If home tests aren't reliable, and breakthrough cases become more likely, false assurances can endanger people's health. Misguided advice also makes it all the more difficult to persuade people to get vaccinated.

COVID past, present, future

Now that the first major pandemic in our lifetimes has shown what it is like to be unprepared, we need to create a better system for the next round, whenever it comes.

COVID cartoon irresponsible

Cartoon shows lack of pandemic knowledge

Connecticut COVID-19 Numbers

Data sourced from the Office of Governor Ned Lamont. Check here for the latest data.

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Connecticut still seeking new lab for many state virus test sites

Officials are working to replace the lab company that handles most of Connecticut’s state-run coronavirus testing


Vaccine requirement takes hold in Boston's bars, restaurants

Customers at Boston’s restaurants, gyms and sports arenas had to show proof on Saturday that they were at least partially inoculated against COVID-19


Rhode Island Hospital to get help from military medical team

Rhode Island Hospital is expecting help from a military medical team as part of a federal effort to help mitigate staffing crunches at hospitals


Stonington to develop plan to attract more substitute teachers

With the school system struggling to staff classrooms due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Education on Thursday instructed the superintendent to develop a plan to attract more substite teachers and paraprofessionals.


Norwich Public Schools to be closed Friday due to staff shortages

The superintendent said 133 staff members have called in absent as of Thursday night but there were only 40 people to cover for them.


Fatigue, frustration deepening among COVID-19 patients, hospital staffs

Lack of civility among patients, family members leading to altercations, displays of disaffection, official say.


Tension as Lamont, lawmakers look toward end of pandemic emergency

Gov. Ned Lamont established a bargaining posture Wednesday toward lawmakers on the question of his emergency COVID-19 pandemic powers, making clear an intention to share the responsibility with the General Assembly.


School employees to wear black in call for better COVID-19 resources

Wednesday’s “blackout” also is a show of solidarity with front-line employees still working through the pandemic.


Two Connecticut inmates die from COVID-19 complications

Two inmates recently died due to complications from COVID-19, the state has announced.


Increase in COVID-19 cases slackens

Peak in number of cases expected by week's end. Hospitalizations likely to decline thereafter.


SPECIAL REPORTS

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CORONAVIRUS STORIES

Americans can order free coronavirus tests Wednesday on new federal website

A federal website where Americans can order free coronavirus rapid tests will be launched Wednesday and allow each household to order up to four tests, senior administration officials said Friday.


Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for U.S. businesses

The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask on the job


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Norwich education board endorses restoring police officers to middle schools

The Norwich Board of Education hopes to bring back school resource police officers to the city's two middle schools "immediately."

Backus, Windham hospitals opening COVID-19 testing trailers

After opening Wednesday, trailers will operate Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Appointments will be required.

Two short-staffed R.I. hospitals allow asymptomatic employees to work

State officials say two health care facilities in Rhode Island have allowed staff who tested positive for COVID-19 but were not displaying symptoms to work

COVID-19 hospitalizations could be about to 'plateau,' officials say

Numbers of cases are expected to peak by the middle of the month as omicron variant, though highly transmissible, is causing less serious illness.

What's driving your decision to remain unvaccinated?

The Day is interested in hearing from local residents who have chosen to remain unvaccinated.

COVID-19 testing sites won't open due to forecasts of cold weather

Sites scheduled to operate Tuesday and Wednesday in Groton, Norwich and Waterford will not open.

Unfounded 'hypnotized' theory to dismiss COVID measures spreads online

Dr. Robert Malone gestures as he stands in his barn, Wednesday July 22, 2020, in Madison, Va.  An unfounded theory taking root online suggests millions of people have been “hypnotized” into believing mainstream ideas about COVID-19.  In widely shared social media posts this past week, efforts to combat the disease have been dismissed with just three words: “mass formation psychosis.”  The term gained attention after it was floated by Malone during a Dec. 31, 2021, appearance on a podcast. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

An unfounded theory taking root online suggests millions of people have been “hypnotized” into believing mainstream ideas about COVID-19, including steps to combat it such as testing and vaccination

Omicron explosion spurs nationwide breakdown of services

Los Angeles County Fire Department vehicles sit at a medical call Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. Occasionally, firefighters transport patients to the hospital in fire engines because of short staffing amid an explosion in omicron-fueled coronavirus infections at an ambulance company that the fire department contracts with. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The explosion in omicron-fueled coronavirus infections has caused a breakdown in basic functions and services across America

Local businesses facing challenges with recent COVID-19 surge

With uptick in COVID cases in community, businesses said they are facing challenges and are trying to roll with the punches.

New York City school operations crumble under omicron’s weight

New York City school officials fought to keep schools open through a record-breaking surge of Omicron cases. Now, students, parents and teachers are grappling with the consequences.

Preston town audit late for second straight year

For the second straight year, Preston will be months late in filing the mandated annual audit with the state.

How do I know if I have a cold, the flu or COVID-19?

Symptoms of common colds, the flu and COVID-19 can overlap, so experts say testing is the best way to determine what you have

Biden's economic challenge: Finding enough workers, consumer goods

President Joe Biden speaks about the 2021 jobs report in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Joe Biden enters the midterm election year of 2022 determined to address what economists call a “supply” problem

Town of Groton to distribute additional test kits, masks on Saturday

The Town of Groton will distribute a limited number of COVID-19 test kits and N95 masks to town residents on Saturday.

Supreme Court weighs vaccine rules affecting more than 80M

FILE - The Supreme Court is seen at dusk in Washington, Oct. 22, 2021. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Jan. 7, 2022, on challenges to whether the Biden administration can order millions of workers at private companies and health care employees be vaccinated for COVID-19. Until the court rules, millions of workers face a patchwork of requirements depending on where they live. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The Supreme Court is taking up two major Biden administration efforts to bump up the nation’s vaccination rate against COVID-19 at a time of spiking coronavirus cases because of the omicron variant

Vaccination and 'common sense' urged amid surge in pediatric COVID cases

The number of children with COVID-19 hospitalized at the state's two largest pediatric hospitals have eclipsed previous records.

Some towns shift to virtual meetings, adjust to staffing challenges amid COVID-19 uptick

With the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the community, some towns and cities are shifting to virtual meetings and are finding ways to adjust to staffing challenges, while some only have a few employees that need to quarantine.

Waterford's second test kit distribution scheduled for Saturday

The town received an additional allotment of COVID-19 at-home rapid test-kits and N95 masks on Thursday and will hold a second distribution event for town residents Saturday.

Norwich to distribute COVID-19 test kits, seek more state test sites and relief for schools

Norwich leaders, legislators and health care agency representatives tackled many topics during Friday morning teleconference.

White House, Postal Service finalizing plans to ship 500M coronavirus test kits to households

In this Feb. 7, 2013, file photo, a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier gathers mail to load into his truck before making his delivery run in the East Atlanta neighborhood in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

The White House is finalizing details with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver 500 million coronavirus test kits to households across the country, according to four people familiar with the plans, kick-starting a key part of President Joe Biden's...

Former Biden health advisers call for 'new' COVID strategy

People line up at a COVID-19 testing center Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, in San Fernando, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Six former health advisers to President Joe Biden's transition team released a series of journal articles on Thursday calling for a "new normal" in the nation's approach to fighting COVID and other viral threats.

Virus infections prompt partial closures at state Capitol

Connecticut officials have ordered partial closures at the state Capitol complex due to coronavirus infections among police officers and legislative staff

Stonington to distribute COVID tests kits on Saturday

The town will distribute an additional 520 COVID-19 test kits to residents on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Human Services Department parking lot, located across Route 1 from the police station

Montville will have second test kit distribution Saturday

Mayor Ron McDaniel announced the town will distribute an additional 1,170 COVID-19 antigen self test kits to residents Saturday, Jan. 8.

Preston to distribute free COVID-19 test kits, N95 masks Saturday

The town will distribute COVID-19 at-home test kits and N95 masks in a drive-thru event at 10 a.m. Saturday at Preston Veterans’ Memorial School.

Lamont to require booster shots for nursing home workers

Although not affected by the executive order, Connecticut’s hospitals also are mandating that employees get boosters.

Connecticut asks nursing homes to accept COVID-positive admissions from hospitals

The latest guidance from the state Department of Public Health is an indication that the state is trying to alleviate the growing crush of COVID-19 cases in hospitals as they near record numbers of patients.

Artist and writer friends collaborate on book of 'Nature Meditations in Word and Watercolor'

Roxanne Steed, left, and Judy Benson (Glenn Cheney)

“I think there will always be things that are huge stressors to people, but I think uniformly it’s nature and the thought of preserving nature that is probably always be a big relief," Steed says.

Hospital officials: COVID-19 numbers up, but state in much better place than in 2020

Hartford HealthCare officials said vaccines, treatments, better testing and experience are helping to ease fears in the latest COVID-19 surge.

It's 'all hands on deck' for short-staffed school districts

Coming out of the holiday break, many districts across the region are similarly dealing with a shortage of teachers, substitutes and bus drivers.

New London to distribute COVID-19 self-test kits, N95 masks Thursday

The city will be distributing a limited supply of COVID-19 self-test kits and N95 masks to the public on Thursday.

Biden urges concern but not alarm in US as omicron rises

President Joe Biden speaks as he meets with the White House COVID-19 Response Team on the latest developments related to the Omicron variant in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Joe Biden is urging concern but not alarm as the United States set records for daily reported COVID-19 cases and his administration struggles to ease concerns about testing shortages

Waterford COVID-19 testing site Wednesday moved to Crystal Mall

Due to the projected increase in traffic, the regional COVID-19 testing site scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 5, has been moved from the Waterford Public Library to Crystal Mall.

New guidance issued for managing COVID in schools

The state is attempting to keep kids in schools and avoid remote learning, while doubling down on prevention measures.

Juvenile justice forum canceled for Wednesday

State Rep. Greg Howard, R-Stonington, has announced that due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, he has been forced to cancel Wednesday's juvenile justice forum scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Pawcatuck Middle School.

Norwich tax collector's office closed to public this week

The city tax office is closed to the public this week due to staffing shortages and the increase in COVID-19 cases, the city manager’s office announced.

Omicron upends return to U.S. schools, workplaces

COVID-19 tests are administered to children, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at L.B. Landry School in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans. (Chris Granger/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

Some school systems around the U.S. have extended their holiday break or switched back to online instruction because of the explosion in COVID-19 cases

Navy ship returns to sea with coronavirus-positive sailors isolated on board

An MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 conducts flight operations underway with the USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) on June 27, 2019 in the Atlantic Ocean. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anderson W. Branch/U.S. Navy via AP)

The U.S. Navy combat ship that was sidelined by a coronavirus outbreak among its crew last month has returned to sea, even as some sailors on board remained positive for the virus, officials said on Monday.

Norwich Mayor Nystrom urges residents, businesses to persevere during pandemic

Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom gave his State of the City address Monday in a mostly empty Council Chambers, as the COVID-19 surge shifted the meeting online.

Local cities and towns begin distributing limited number of COVID-19 test kits

Norwich city fire department and emergency management personnel distribute rapid COVID test kits and N95 masks to residents Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at the former Foxwoods commuter parking lot on Stonington Road.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

A huge demand is being seen as cases and hospitalizations skyrocket across the state and tests are in short supply.

Some Connecticut schools delay opening after holiday amid COVID surge

Several Connecticut school districts delayed the return to classes following the holiday break, citing the recent surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant

FDA expands Pfizer boosters for more teens as omicron surges

The U.S. is expanding COVID-19 boosters as it confronts the omicron surge

How will pandemic end? Omicron clouds forecasts for endgame

The fast-moving omicron variant is complicating a key question: How does the COVID-19 pandemic end and the world coexist with this virus

Fauci: CDC mulling COVID test requirement for asymptomatic

Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical adviser and director of the NIAID, and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arrive to participate in the White House COVID-19 Response Team's regular call with the National Governors Association in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus, Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

As the COVID-19 omicron variant surges across the United States, top federal health officials are looking to add a negative test along with its five-day isolation restrictions for asymptomatic Americans who catch the coronavirus

Notable Connecticut criminal cases could see progress in 2022

With a pandemic-caused court backlog expected to continue easing in 2022, the year could bring resolutions in several notable criminal cases

Connecticut starts rapid test distribution, plans for more

Cities and towns in Connecticut are scrambling to pass out rapid COVID-19 tests after the state received an initial shipment of the tests on Friday

Snowstorms, pandemic ground flights, delay holiday's end

Travelers walk to their gates at the Philadelphia International Airport on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, in Philadelphia. Wintry weather combined with the pandemic to frustrate air travelers whose return flights home from the holidays were canceled or delayed in the first days of the new year. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Wintry weather combined with the pandemic to frustrate air travelers whose return flights home from the holidays were canceled or delayed in the first days of the new year

Schools adapt for return from break as COVID-19 cases surge

Teachers from the Earth School speak out on issues related to lack of coronavirus testing outside P.S. 64, Dec. 21, 2021, in New York. In the nation's largest school system, New York City, 2 million at-home test kits provided by the state will be used to increase testing following the break, the mayor announced this past week. (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman, File)

Mask requirements are returning in some school districts that had dropped them