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Naugatuck Valley area remains COVID hot spot04/09/2021

Naugatuck Valley area remains COVID hot spot

By Paul Hughes, Republican-American HARTFORD – Waterbury and Naugatuck Valley towns remain COVID-19 hot spots in Connecticut even as vaccination rates increase. The 69.3 cases per 100,000 population in Waterbury over the past two weeks was the highest in the state, and the neighboring towns of Watertown, Naugatuck, Wolcott and Thomaston all had rates topping READ MORE.
Woodland planning in-person graduation04/08/2021

Woodland planning in-person graduation

BEACON FALLS – School officials are planning to hold an in-person graduation ceremony for Woodland Regional High School’s class of 2021. The Region 16 Board of Education on March 31 set June 11, which is the last day of school, as the date for graduation. Officials are planning to hold the ceremony on the school’s READ MORE.
Long River classes virtual this week04/07/2021

Long River classes virtual this week

PROSPECT – Classes at Long River Middle School have been and will remain fully remote this week after several students and teachers tested positive for COVID-19. Superintendent of Schools Michael Yamin said in a letter that officials were notified on April 1 that three students and a staff member tested positive. The staff member was READ MORE.
COVID positive test rate rises back to 5%04/07/2021

COVID positive test rate rises back to 5%

HARTFORD – State health officials reported Tuesday that the daily positive test rate rose back to 5% after averaging 3% between Friday and Monday. There were 1,074 new cases of COVID-19 reported out of 21,459 test results received Monday. There now have been 317,729 reported cases since March 2020. State health officials also reported a READ MORE.
J&J shot supply issues make vax schedule uncertain04/02/2021

J&J shot supply issues make vax schedule uncertain

By Paul Hughes, Republican-American HARTFORD – State officials are unsure of Connecticut’s future supply of the only single-dose COVID-19 vaccine available as 100,000 newly eligible 16- to 44-year-olds started signing up Thursday for appointments. The disclosure Wednesday that a factory error ruined 15 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine presented another planning challenge READ MORE.
Authorities warn of COVID scam04/02/2021

Authorities warn of COVID scam

By Jonathan Shugarts, Republican-American WATERBURY – Federal authorities issued a warning March 31 urging people to be aware of a fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination scheme that attempts to steal personal identifying information. The Department of Justice warned scam artists are texting and emailing people around the country offering them gifts, such as iPad Pros, in exchange READ MORE.
State launches next vaccine phase04/01/2021

State launches next vaccine phase

By Paul Hughes, Republican-American HARTFORD – The final age group of residents 16 to 44 years old are now able to schedule appointments to get COVID-19 vaccine shots. Gov. Ned Lamont on March 31 declared the state vaccination program ready to proceed to this next phase four and a half months after its mid-December launch. READ MORE.
Prospect Library offering craft bags04/01/2021

Prospect Library offering craft bags

PROSPECT – Prospect Public Library is offering craft and activity bags on April 9 for people to take home. The bags will have leftover crafts and activities from October through March. People must register for a bag. For information or to register, call 203-758-3001 or visit Read the rest of the article on READ MORE.
Prospect holding Easter egg hunt03/31/2021

Prospect holding Easter egg hunt

PROSPECT – The town is holding its annual Easter egg hunt Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hotchkiss Field on Waterbury Road. The event is open to children in fifth grade and younger. Children will be split up by age and separate fields will be used for different age groups. People must follow COVID-19 protocols, including READ MORE.
Prospect, police union agree to contract03/30/2021

Prospect, police union agree to contract

By Elio Gugliotti, Editor PROSPECT – Town officials and the Prospect Police Union have reached an agreement on a new contract for police officers. The contract, which was approved by the Town Council in March, is retroactive to July 1, 2020, and covers through June 30, 2022. The town participates in the resident state trooper READ MORE.
State issues alert as COVID case rate increases03/29/2021

State issues alert as COVID case rate increases

By Paul Hughes, Republican-American State officials issued a public health alert Saturday as the average daily case rate for COVID-19 increased statewide to 25 cases per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. All residents are being advised to continue wearing masks, practice social distancing and observe other public health precautions against the spread of READ MORE.
State moves up vaccination timeline03/26/2021

State moves up vaccination timeline

By Paul Hughes, Republican-American HARTFORD – Anyone age 16 or older will be able to start registering for COVID-19 vaccine appointments four days earlier than previously planned on April 1, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday. Lamont and members of his pandemic response team said increasing vaccination rates and vaccine deliveries are enabling the vaccination scheduled READ MORE.
Getting back to business in a somewhat normal way03/25/2021

Getting back to business in a somewhat normal way

By Andreas Yilma, Staff Writer Local municipal leaders are gradually starting to put the public back into public service a year after the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the state. State-mandated coronavirus-related capacity limits on businesses, houses of worships, entertainment and sports venues, and social and recreational gatherings were lifted March 19. As the state lifted READ MORE.

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