By day – Some mass vaccination sites in Connecticut closed; Maine drops most mask requirements




Coronavirus Developments Around New England:

CONNECTICUT

Yale New Haven Health is shutting down mass vaccination sites, the New Haven Register reported.

Dr Ohm Deshpande, deputy clinical director of the health system, told the registry that the system will stop the first doses after May 25 and then it will be open for second doses by appointment and without an appointment.

Deshpande said the pop-up clinics will continue and the Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer will return to New Haven in June.

MAINE

Catholics in Maine will soon be returning to churches with significantly relaxed restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Diocese of Portland is changing its guidelines for the 141 Catholic churches in Maine, just as the state prepares to eliminate mask requirements in most settings. Maine’s indoor mask order goes out Monday.

On that same day, masks will no longer be needed for anyone at any time, inside or outside churches, the diocese said. Many seats that establish a distance of six feet or more between people are also eliminated on this day, the diocese said.

The diocese said it was also restoring the distribution of Communion to Catholics confined to the house, and that indoor choir practices could be organized without distancing.

Many churches will provide space in areas such as church halls to distribute seats during services, the diocese said. Live streaming of the services will also continue, the diocese said.

“We hope that by continuing to offer a variety of ways to participate in Mass and by updating these protocols, all will feel invited to grow together in their faith in Christ,” said Bishop Robert Deeley.

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MASSACHUSETTS

The number of daily coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts has increased slightly over the past two weeks despite positive signs regarding controlling the spread of the virus.

The seven-day moving average of daily deaths in Massachusetts has increased over the past two weeks, from 8.29 deaths per day on May 6 to 10.14 deaths per day on May 20. This is the seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Massachusetts. tear down. That average rose from 967.43 new cases per day on May 6 to 572.57 new cases per day on May 20.

The AP uses data collected by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure the number of outbreak cases and deaths in the United States.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported Friday evening that there have been 17,453 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus in the state since the start of the pandemic. The average age of patients who died from COVID-19 was 70, the agency reported.

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VERMONT

Vermont will distribute COVID-19 vaccines to primary care physicians, Human Services Secretary Mike Smith said.

The state will start with the Moderna vaccine, but expand to Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines when enough supplies are available, he said at the governor’s twice-weekly briefing on the virus on Friday.

It’s part of efforts to get 80% of eligible Vermonters vaccinated. Gov. Phil Scott said on Friday he would quickly drop all restrictions related to the pandemic if the state reaches that vaccination rate ahead of the July 4 plan to fully reopen.

People no longer have to register for vaccines and can go to clinics, pharmacies and school clinics and get vaccinated, Smith said.

The state is also renewing its efforts to immunize vulnerable populations, including the homeless and those under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, he said.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

The coronavirus pandemic inspired smaller, more personal opening ceremonies at the University of New Hampshire.

The campus holds a series of small ceremonies to recognize 2020 and 2021 graduates. Graduating students graduated on May 16, while undergraduate ceremonies were spread over several days. On Saturday, graduate students from the university’s business school and liberal arts college will receive their diplomas, and on Sunday, 2020 graduates who did not have a ceremony last year will be honored.

Due to the smaller events, students will be called upon by name to cross the stage and accept their degrees. Participants must present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the ceremony.

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RHODE ISLAND

New hospitalizations and new cases of coronavirus are on the decline in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Department of Health reported that the 81 new hospital admissions last week were a decrease from 117 the week before. New cases per 100,000 population also fell from 157 to 117 last week.

The state has recorded more than 150,000 total cases of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.



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