1M first doses administered in Connecticut

1M first doses administered in Connecticut

Age 45-pluscan get vaccinated

About 80,000 Connecticut residents ages 45 to 54 have made appointments to get COVID-19 vaccinations since their age group became eligible for the shots Friday, March 19, Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday.

The total is less than 20% of the estimated 500,000 state residents ages 45 to 54, but Lamont said many in that age group have already been vaccinated because they were eligible earlier as medical workers, teachers and other frontline workers. About 22% of people in that age group have received the first of the two-dose vaccines.

Connecticut has surpassed 1 million first doses administered, out of a total population of 3.5 million, new state data show. Another 584,000 residents are fully vaccinated. Nearly 80% of residents 75 and older have received their first shots, as have 76% of residents ages 65 to 74 and just over half of people 55 to 64.

The state remains on track to open vaccinations to everyone 16 and older on April 5, Lamont said.

Still in the red

The state’s most recent COVID-19 report, issued March 18, showed 111 positive cases in North Haven, which works out to an average of 33.5 daily cases. That puts the town in the top-of-the-chart red zone.

The color coded status for cities and towns represents two weeks of cases. The trigger for red status starts at a rate of 15 positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people per day.

As of March 21, the total of laboratory-confirmed and probable cases reported among Connecticut residents was 299,667, including 278,188 laboratory-confirmed and 21,479 probable cases. Three hundred eighty-nine patients were hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19.

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