By swapping “or” for “and” in an executive order, Gov. Ned Lamont of Connecticut wants to avoid putting his state in Kovid-19 quarantine.
On September 16, Lamont, under an order, required people arriving in Connecticut to “state with a positive rate of more than 10 per 100,000 residents, or a 10 percent test positivity rate higher than a seven-day rolling average”. Self-quarantine for two weeks.
But on Monday, Lamont announced that Connecticut had crossed its threshold of 10 new coronavirus infections per 100,000 people in the last seven days for the first time in months.
So Lamont said he would change the advisory to say that states that both have high coronavirus virus rates And A test positivity rate greater than 5 percent would have to quarantine or prove that they tested negative.
The consultant, Lamont, said “was becoming inaccessible,” so it was out with “or” and “and”.
Swap was not surprised at all. Last Thursday, Lamont indicated that a change was made to the state quarantine mandate.
The Governor said, “It would have been very ironic if we had been on our quarantine list.”
Connecticut is one of 40 states, plus Washington, DC, and the regions of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, which have reported a spurt in new coronovirus cases, the latest NBC News figures showed on Tuesday.
Two weeks before the presidential election, a referendum has formed on how President Donald Trump has handled the nation’s worst health crisis in more than a century, with the number of new Kovid-19 cases in Connecticut up 58 percent in the past two weeks. Has exceeded. In 64,021, and since the onset of the epidemic, the death toll in the state is 4,554.
While Connecticut’s case load is smaller than that of states such as California (882,138), Texas (872,919) and Florida (756,727), it is part of the region that was hit the hardest in the first days of the epidemic and then curved by it. Managed to level it up. Is taking aggressive steps to stop the spread.
In other coronovirus news:
- Trump was going to a campaign rally in Arona, Pennsylvania on Tuesday when he came in with a coronovirus infection two weeks after his release from the hospital. But first lady Melania Trump will not join him. “Trump Coveney Grisis said,” Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day after her recovery from Kovid-19, but with a lethargic cough and abundance she will not travel today. “
- Because of the epidemic, the Associated Press said that due to the epidemic this year, the US could break the record of 71,000 drug overdoses set in 2019. “Kovid-19 is already grappling with a devastating crisis.”
- While Trump has repeatedly claimed that the cause of more testing is increasing Kovid-19 case numbers, an NBC News analysis found that coronovirus testing rates are actually “in many states where cases are increasing.”
- Another Kovid-19 outbreak in Maine is traced to a local church. Some 32 cases of coronovirus were related to Brooks Pentecostal Church in Waldo County.
- The Liberal Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, was rewarded for her laudable epistemic leadership with a landslide victory over conservative and populist political parties, spreading Kovid-19 misinformation. Dubbed “anti-Trump”, Ardern leads a country where coronoviruses have all but been wiped out.
Neighbors in Connecticut have also seen a big jump in new cases, particularly Rhode Island, with a 97 percent spike in new cases in the past two weeks, NBC figures show. New York (31 percent), New Jersey (42 percent) and Massachusetts (18 percent) also rose in new cases.
Rising regional transition rates prompted the New York government. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday to consider adding Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey to the state’s Must-Quentine List before deciding, “no practical way” to implement such advice in a densely populated area. was not. .
“Travel between states is non-essential, it should be avoided,” said Cuomo.
Public health experts say the numbers in the Northeast are increasing rapidly, as states loosen restrictions, students are back in classrooms, cold weather made people more likely to stay indoors , And resistance has increased in some areas of New York City. Wearing masks and social distance.
According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Research Center, Connecticut and other states in the region – New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont – all have positivity rates below 2 percent.
The center stated, “The low rate of positivity in the test data can be seen as an indication that a state has sufficient testing capacity for the size of their outbreak and to make informed decisions about reopening. Adequately testing the population ”.
The World Health Organization advises governments that they should maintain a test positivity of 5 percent or less for 14 days before reopening.
For example, California is 2.44 percent. Maryland has 2.29 percent.
At the other end of the spectrum, Nevada’s positivity rate is about 46 percent, followed by South Dakota, a 37 percent rate, Idaho at 29 percent, and Wyoming and Iowa, which both have 21 percent test rates, according to Johns Hopkins data. .
Despite those high rates, Trump continues to push for a rapid reopening of the nation’s economy and schools even after being hospitalized for three days with coronovirus.
Back on the campaign trail, Trump has also defended his administration’s epidemic response before viewers where there are no masks or social distinctions.
The US continues to lead the world in the number of confirmed coronoviruses (8.2 million) and Kovid-19 deaths (221,328).
Many of the new infections have occurred in the Midwestern and Mountain states that were not as badly hit in the early days of the epidemic as the epidemic and the West Coast, latest figures show.