By Tiffany Williams –
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont down plays COVID-19 as a germ, saying “You can just see that this germ is like a heat-seeking missile, really going right at the unvaccinated.
The Governor’s comment comes just after the second case of the COVID-19 omicron variant involves a fully vaccinated man in his 20s from Fairfield County.
The man developed mild symptoms on Dec. 2, then on Dec. 4, he tested positive on an at-home rapid antigen test and a molecular test. The sequencing on the case was performed by the Yale School of Public Health.
Connecticut’s COVID-19 positivity rate has jumped to 8.33 percent, according to the governor’s office. That appears to be the highest it’s been in 11 months. The governor’s office also said there is a second confirmed case of the COVID-19 omicron variant in the state.
The governor’s office said he did not report any links to the NYC Anime 2021 Convention but traveled to New York City in the week before his symptoms started.
As of Monday in Connecticut, 500 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 and 386, or 77.2%, were not fully vaccinated.
The COVID positivity rate for Connecticut increased from 5.8% on Monday to 8.33 percent on Tuesday,
The numbers the governor’s office released on Tuesday say there have been an additional 1,919 cases since Monday and 525 people are now hospitalized, 25 more than on Monday.
Of the 525 patients who are currently hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, 400, or 76.2%, are not fully vaccinated, according to the governor’s office.
The governor’s office said the most recently reported total number of deaths is 8,909.
Lamont said he is not thinking about mandates or restrictions at this point and did say that he watches closely the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19.
Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani said the rising cases have the state moving in the wrong direction.
Dr. Juthani recommends that everyone 18 and up get a booster shot six months after their first vaccine series, and encourages everyone to wear a mask in indoor public spaces.