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100,000 appointments on 1st day of open vaccinations

About 100,000 appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations were expected to be made on Thursday, the first day that anyone 16 years and older was allowed in Connecticut to sign up to get a shot.

The move to allow all adults in the state to make appointments comes as Connecticut ranked during the past week among the top 10 states for new cases per capita, Gov. Ned Lamont noted. But he stressed that Connecticut, which has a high testing rate compared to other states, was not among the top 10 for COVID-associated deaths per capita during the past week.

“It’s just a reminder, I think, that vaccinating folks that are most at risk, vaccinating those who are most likely to suffer complications or death, made a big difference,” the Democrat said. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased in Connecticut by 418.7, an increase of 51.7%, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins.

As of Thursday, the number of confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 had climbed by more than 1,500 since Wednesday, while the number of COVID-associated deaths increased by 14, to 7,900. The number of hospitalizations declined since Wednesday by 21, to a total of 492.


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