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New London, Groton extends, Norwich to lift city indoor mask mandates

Norwich is lifting its indoor mask mandate while New London’s is being extended for another month and Groton's will continue indefinitely.


Norwich school board candidates discuss issues at forum

Nine of the 11 candidates running for Norwich Board of Education participated in a debate Tuesday night at Norwich Free Academy.


Norwich police station lobby closed to public after COVID-19 outbreak

Several staff members of the Norwich Police Department have contracted COVID-19, prompting the closure of the police station lobby to the public.


Stonington to hold town meeting vote Monday on ARPA funds

A town meeting vote will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the high school on a proposed plan to spend $5.2 million in federal COVID-19 aid.


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A democratic process for ARP funds

The way local towns and cities have kept the process inclusive and transparent seems to be right in the spirit of community recovery at the heart of Covid relief funding.

Connecticut COVID-19 Numbers

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

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New London offers competitive grants to owners of small businesses

The city is offering up to $10,000 in grant funding.


Groton seeks public input on spending of coronavirus relief funds

The town and city plan to seek public comments on how to spend millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funds.


How do we transition from pandemic to endemic conditions?

With eradication unlikely, doctors and public health experts are looking at how we live with COVID-19 for years to come.


Federal funding fuels political wrangling in East Lyme

Board of Finance Chairman Camille Alberti, also a candidate for first selectman, calls for a pause on pandemic relief spending while others say time is of the essence.


Howard asks state to reduce COVID-19 quarantine period for students

State Rep. Greg Howard, R-Stonington, has asked the state to modify the current 10-day quarantine rule so students don't miss as much class.


Help The Day investigate what's happening in the schools

Have you seen a change in the extent or amount of disruptive behavior among children? Is social media playing into the situation? Are staffing shortages affecting your child's education? Do you feel discipline is being carried out effectively?


Norwich parents lash out remotely during virtual school board meeting

Norwich parents used the chat section of Tuesday's Facebook Live school board meeting to air complaints they could not voice to the board directly.


Lamont ups pressure on state employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations

Meanwhile, vaccination rates are fluctuating among nursing home residents; high turnover of short-term residents has some facilities now reporting rates as low as 66%.


Conn. Republican leaders denounce GOP state rep's Lamont-Hitler comparison

Republican leaders in Connecticut are condemning a GOP lawmaker’s social media posts comparing Gov. Ned Lamont to Hitler.


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Study: Alzheimer’s deaths spike during COVID pandemic

Alzheimer’s patient deaths spiked during the COVID pandemic, leaving caregivers of the vulnerable population on edge, officials said.


Vaccine mandates stoked fears of labor shortages. But hospitals say they're working.

Most health-care systems that require vaccination have touted widespread compliance. In interviews, administrators at some of the nation's largest hospital systems said the mandates worked: Officials said that they have very high vaccination rates...


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Cities, police unions clash as vaccine mandates take effect

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2020, file photo Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles. Villanueva says he will not enforce the county's vaccine mandate in his agency. Villanueva, who oversees the largest sheriff's department in the county with roughly 18,000 employees, said Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in a Facebook Live event that he does not plan to carry out the county's mandate, under which Los Angeles County employees had to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

Police departments that are requiring officers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are running up against pockets of resistance across the U.S. Police unions and officers are pushing back by filing lawsuits to block the mandates

FDA advisers endorse booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine

In this March 3, 2021, file photo, a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is displayed at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y.  U.S. health advisers are meeting Friday, Oct. 15, to tackle who needs boosters of Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine and when. Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration also will examine data suggesting that booster of a competing brand might provide better protection. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

A panel of U.S. health advisers has endorsed booster doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine

FDA advisers recommend Moderna booster for people 65 and older

This Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, file photo shows a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the first round of staff vaccinations at a hospital in Denver. U.S. health advisers are debating if millions of Americans who received Moderna vaccinations should get a booster shot -- this time, using half the original dose. Already millions who got their initial Pfizer shots at least six months ago are getting a booster of that brand. On Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration evaluated the evidence that Moderna boosters should be offered, too -- and on Friday, they'll tackle the same question for those who got Johnson & Johnson's vaccine. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

An independent advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday unanimously recommended a booster dose of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine for people 65 and older and adults who are at high risk of severe illness or are exposed at work.

Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz visits Norwich, New London Hispanic-owned businesses

Nahum Paguada, owner of Mofongo House, shows Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz authentic food options Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, during a tour of Hispanic-owned businesses in Norwich and New London. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Bysiewicz, state legislators and city leaders visited Hispanic-owned businesses in Norwich and New London on Thursday for Hispanic Heritage Month.

West Haven mayor suspects fraud in spending of COVID relief funds

A Connecticut mayor has asked for a forensic investigation into the city’s spending of federal pandemic relief money after coming across issues she says make her suspect fraud

Gun violence claiming more lives of American teens, children

Charron Powell stands with a photo of her son, LeGend Talieferro, at her home in Raytown, Mo. on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. LeGend was 4 years old when he was fatally shot June 29, 2020 while he was sleeping in an apartment staying with his father. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Gun violence is killing an increasing number of American children, from toddlers caught in crossfire to teenagers gunned down in turf wars, drug squabbles or for posting the wrong thing on social media

Merck asks FDA to authorize promising anti-COVID pill

This undated image provided by Merck & Co. shows its new antiviral medication. The drugmaker has said its experimental pill for people sick with COVID-19 reduced hospitalizations and deaths. (Merck & Co. via AP)

Drugmaker Merck has asked U.S. regulators to authorize its promising antiviral pill against COVID-19, setting the stage for a decision within weeks

Southwest cancels hundreds more flights, denies sickout

Passengers wait in line at the Southwest Airlines ticket counter at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. The Dallas-based airline canceled hundreds of flights Monday following a weekend of major service disruptions. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Southwest Airlines has canceled hundreds more flights following a weekend of major service disruptions that it blamed on bad weather and air traffic control issues

Conn. lawmaker standing by comments comparing Lamont to Hitler

A Connecticut lawmaker is standing by comments that compared Gov. Ned Lamont and his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic to Adolf Hitler

Masks, critical race theory turn school board elections into battleground

Jennifer Feucht, candidate for Olentangy Local Board of Education, delivers campaign flyers and yard signs to Brad and Tina Krider Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Westerville, Ohio. Across Ohio and the nation, parental protests over social issues like mask mandates, gender-neutral bathrooms, teachings on racial history, sexuality and mental and emotional health are being leveraged into school board takeover campaigns. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Races for local school board seats have emerged as intense political battlegrounds in the upcoming Nov. 2 elections across the U.S. Parental protests that started during COVID-19 lockdowns are evolving into full-fledged board takeover campaigns