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Experts weigh in on the cold weather coming on TuesdayROCKY HILL (WFSB) - Tuesday's severe cold weather can be dangerous if you're outside, or in a home that isn't properly heated. A doctor Eyewitness News spoke with suggests people stay inside as much as possible. The brutal cold temperatures coming tomorrow morning can be dangerous if you're outside too long. You can develop hypothermia, or frostbite if you're not careful. "With time you get a burning, aching, and eventually that starts to go to numbness- and once you get to numbness that’s a sign you need to get to warmth," Dr. Anuj Vohra said Monday. Doctor Vohra says its also dangerous to stay in a home that isn't properly heated. People can still develop frostbite and hypothermia inside, or use risky heat sources like a stove which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. "What do we do in homes that don’t have heat? Well it may be time to go to a friend or family’s house that you can be safe and warm in because these temps can be dangerous," Dr. Vohra said. And if you need to drive in to work, AAA wants you to be prepared. They're expecting hundreds of calls tomorrow for dead batteries and people who may get stranded. They suggest avoiding potholes while driving, keeping a good tire pressure, and having an emergency kit on standby. "Make sure that you have that fully charged cell phone a full tank of gas your AAA membership is up to date and always throw a few extra blankets or coats in the vehicle so that if you do get stuck you can stay safe and warm while waiting for help to arrive," spokesperson Amy Parmenter said Monday. Anyone in need of shelter can also call 2-1-1. The state will connect you with a place to stay warm and dry.
Many folks at a dead end when trying to book COVID-19 vaccine appointmentsHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -Thousands of people across the state are finding themselves struggling to get COVID-19 vaccination appointments. People have been comparing the process to buying concert tickets and this is becoming somewhat of an opening day routine. When a new segment of the population can schedule appointments, the rush of people cripples the scheduling systems and Monday was no different. But there is hope. “I had to wait until today because today is the day people 55 and over can get their vaccines,” said Lisa Mancinone. Lisa Mancinone has been waiting for this day. She’s over 55 and has health conditions that qualify her for the dose, but like so many others, she’s going to bed without an appointment. “I don’t think there’s a chance I’ll get an appointment for a few months,” Mancinone said. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/ct-vaccine-rollout-where-to-register-for-a-vaccine-if-you-re-eligible/article_172cf82a-5421-11eb-a098-5b6d493f3339.html" target="_blank">CT Vaccine Rollout: Where to register for a vaccine if you’re eligible</a> It seems to be a recurring problem when the state opens up the next phase of vaccinations. “I know there was some frustration, a lot of people at the front door trying to squeeze through at 12:01 this morning or 8 a.m. this morning,” said Governor Ned Lamont. That frustration continued throughout the day. Channel 3’s Digital Content Producer Olivia Lank gave her eyewitness perspective. She’s tried all day to set up an appointment for her father and navigated four of the most popular sites to schedule. Starting with CVS, all appointments were booked. “You can’t do anything. You can’t go past here, there’s nothing you can do,” Lank said. Hartford Healthcare has been having problems logging patients into their site. Lank kept getting an error screen and even when she got in, she found herself kicked right out. “All of a sudden it would say, ‘oops, error,’ and log you out,” Lank said. VAMS was also a source of frustration. Creating an account was easy, but people are waiting hours for a verification email. Finally, Walgreens. After filling out a quick COVID screening, you can get in to make an appointment. There are many options for dose one, but you can’t find a second dose. “Because there’s no appointments available for a second dose right now, it won’t let you schedule your first dose,” Lank said. As the frustration mounts, the state says keep trying. The initial surge should subside in about a week. Lamont says the wait is a lot short than it would have been if the state went with the CDC guidance. “We got about 500,000 people all going for those 100,000 doses, so you can see there’s going to be a bit of a line right now, but if we had done it the other way, we would have had 1.8 million people going for those same number of doses,” Lamont said. If you didn’t get an appointment on Monday, don’t give up. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is in transit and the state is getting 39,000 doses of that, so there is the expectation that more appointments will be available as the week goes on.
Assault rifle, PVC pipe bombs found in man's room following arrestNORWICH, CT (WFSB) – A Norwich man was found to have assault rifles and two bombs after being arrested on Sunday. Police were called to a home on Prospect Street in Norwich for the report of an altercation. Officials said 57-year-old Andrew Cook was arrested following a physical altercation with a roommate. Police said a criminal history check of Cook revealed he was a convicted felon and had prior convictions for illegal weapon possession in 2002 and 2008, as well as an illegal possession of explosives offense in 2002. Information was developed that Cook may have been in possession of firearms, ammunition and ammunition manufacturing tools. Due to his felony convictions, he could not legally possess firearms or ammunition, according to police. Detectives complete a search and seizure warrant for Cook’s room as well as the basement and garage of the home. During the execution of the warrant, police found a fully-loaded AR-15, several 30 round high-capacity magazines for the assault rifle, additional ammunition, bullets, several hundred rounds of empty shell casings, two PVC pipe bombs, gun powder, and black body armor carrier and protective plates. Cook was arrested on numerous firearms charges as well as assault on a public safety officer.
CT Vaccine Rollout: Where to register for a vaccine if you’re eligibleHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The coronavirus vaccine rollout is well underway in Connecticut. As of March 1, people aged 55 and up became eligible, along with teachers, most school staff members and childcare providers. Phase 1A, which included healthcare personnel, first responders and long term care residents, began in mid-December and was mostly completed. Phase 1B began in January, first with people 75 and up, then later included those 65 and up and people in congregant settings. On Feb. 22, the governor announced a switch in eligibility which expanded the rollout to include teachers and a more age-based schedule. In addition to an <a href="https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccination---75-and-older" target="_blank">online appointment system</a>, there is a telephone appointment system for people who don't have computer access to schedule an appointment. The number is 877-918-2224. Healthcare providers reminded the public to be patient, as scheduling an appointment may take time. The new age-based schedule is as follows: March 1, 2021: Expands to age group 55 to 64March 22, 2021: Expands to age group 45 to 54April 12, 2021: Expands to age group 35 to 44May 3, 2021: Expands to age group 16 to 34 Teachers and staff, pre-K through grade 12, along with childcare professionals will be eligible to receive the vaccine in March at special clinics. The information will be available through school administrators and employers. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO BE VACCINATED (55 and older) Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) Schedule an appointment online by <a href="https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine" target="_blank">clicking here</a> or call the Connecticut COVID Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224.The line is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Beginning Feb. 8, 125 trained contact specialists will be available to take phone calls to schedule vaccine appointments. They have the capability of booking up to 10,000 appointments at 12 locations across the state. Many providers can be accessed through the <a href="https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccination---75-and-older" target="_blank">VAMS scheduling system</a> including:Trinity Health of New England (hospitals and other locations)Griffin HospitalNuvance HealthStamford HospitalBristol HospitalCharlotte Hungerford HospitalMidstate Medical CenterMeriden Health ClinicLocal Health DepartmentsFederally Qualified Health Centers All information submitted through VAMS or the assist line will be kept private and will only be used to schedule vaccinations. The link also contains a detailed and extensive list of frequently asked questions about the vaccine, helping to ease any concerns members of the public may have. UConn Health: To schedule a vaccine appointment at UConn Health in Farmington, you must be registered in advance with <a href="https://mychart.uconn.edu/mychart/Authentication/Login" target="_blank">UConn Health MyChart</a>. Once registered, individuals can self-schedule a date and time through MyChart to receive the first dose of the vaccine. Second dose appointments are made when the individual receives their first dose.Detailed instructions to follow for online scheduling can be found by <a href="https://health.uconn.edu/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/241/2021/01/Covid-Vaccine-Instructions-for-Direct-Scheduling.pdf" target="_blank">clicking here</a>.UConn Health phone scheduling: 860-679-5589 (Choose option 2). The program’s general line is 860-679-8888 for general questions or vaccine issues. Hartford HealthCare: To register online go to <a href="http://www.hartfordhealthcare.org/vaccine" target="_blank">hartfordhealthcare.org/vaccines</a> To register by phone, Hartford HealthCare Access Center at 860.827.7690 or toll-free at 833.943.5721.Patients can also use <a href="https://mychartplus.org/myChart/Authentication/Login" target="_blank">MyChartPlus</a>. Yale New Haven Health Yale New Haven Health is vaccinating individuals who are 65 and older. Appointments will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Schedule your appointment online by <a href="https://www.ynhhs.org/patient-care/covid-19/vaccine/get-your-covid-vaccine.aspx" target="_blank">clicking here</a>.More sites will be added as they are approved. Trinity Health of New England Trinity Health Of New England is offering those eligible, who would like to be vaccinated, several options for an appointment, which is is mandatory, as the clinics are not able to take walk-ins.Patients may schedule their own appointment using a valid email address via the state's <a href="https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine" target="_blank">Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) online Enrollment Portal</a>, through their primary care provider, or eventually through MyCare.For more information on these options, please visit Trinity Health Of New England’s Schedule Your Vaccine webpage: <a href="https://www.trinityhealthofne.org/find-a-service-or-specialty/covid-19/schedule-your-vaccine" target="_blank">TrinityHealthOfNE.org/Appointment</a> Community Health Center, Inc. Community Health Center, Inc. is providing vaccines to those eligible.Locations are available in Clinton, East Hartford, Hartford, Middletown, New Britain, New London and Stamford.More information can be found on the CHC's website <a href="https://www.chc1.com/covid-19-vaccine/" target="_blank">here</a>. Walgreens Schedule your appointment online by <a href="https://www.walgreens.com/topic/covid19vac/CT.jsp" target="_blank">clicking here</a>. Walmart Participating Walmart Pharmacies are in communities throughout Connecticut, including: Torrington, West Haven, North Windham, New Haven, Waterbury, Hartford, and Norwalk. To schedule an appointment, click <a href="https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302" target="_blank">here</a>. Waterbury Health Post University will open a drive-thru vaccination site at its 800 Country Club Rd. address on Jan. 25.Another site will be behind Naugatuck's parks and recreation building, next to Naugatuck High School. This will also on Jan. 25.Registration is required and done through Waterbury Hospital.Residents can register online <a href="https://www.waterburyhospital.org/vaccine/" target="_blank">here</a> or call 203-575-5250, extension 4 Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CVS Pharmacy CVS will start administering vaccines on Feb. 11, but appointments will become available as early as Feb. 9.Participating CVS Pharmacies are in communities throughout Connecticut, including: Avon, Bristol, Coventry, Glastonbury, Guilford, Hamden, Middletown, North Haven, UncasvilleTo scheduled an appointment, <a href="https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing/university-employer-organization-testing" target="_blank">click here</a>. For more questions about the vaccine, <a href="https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccinations---FAQs" target="_blank">click here</a>.
Appointment delays reported as ages 55+, teachers now eligible for vaccineEAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - More people in Connecticut are now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Eligibility expanded to people aged 55 and older on Monday, along with educators and childcare workers. "Beginning [Monday], all Connecticut residents between the ages of 55-64 can make appointments and receive COVID-19 vaccinations," said Gov. Ned Lamont. "PreK-12 school staff and childcare professionals in Connecticut are also eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations beginning [Monday]. Individuals in these groups will receive information from their school administrators and employers on where/when they can be vaccinated." Lamont acknowledged that the newly eligible may not be able to make appointments immediately due to limited supplies. "We know people are eager, but it will take time to get everyone scheduled," he said. "More appointments will be added each week." As CT's vaccination program continues to expand, those who've become newly eligible may not be able to make appointments immediately due to limited supplies.We know people are eager, but it will take time to get everyone scheduled.More appointments will be added each week.— Governor Ned Lamont (@GovNedLamont) <a href="https://twitter.com/GovNedLamont/status/1366373152977133573?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 1, 2021</a> Channel 3 heard from viewers who reported appointment-making trouble. Some said appointments weren't available until next month. Lamont said the 30,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was recently approved for emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration, should arrive in Connecticut this week. He said that should help a bit. Despite the third vaccine, Channel 3 saw demand staying way ahead of the supply, at least as of Monday. That's why people experienced appointment scheduling delays. Lamont called that unsurprising. "For people 55 plus, it was opened up to that group [Monday]," Lamont said. "It was about 600,000 people and we don't have that many vaccines. [But] we're getting [then] on a weekly basis." Lamont said he believed that the state would be able to take care of the vast majority of the 55 and up age bracket over the course of the next three-plus weeks. Mass vaccination clinics continue to pop up all over the state. Hartford Healthcare on Monday launched its second mass vaccination site in the last two weeks. The site is at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford. Vaccinations started there at 9 a.m. on Monday. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/mass-vaccine-site-at-wallingfords-oakdale-theatre-up-and-running/article_18135dfc-7aa9-11eb-b3ae-bb3b4695d0f4.html" target="_blank">RELATED: Mass vaccine site at Wallingford's Oakdale Theatre up and running</a> Trinity Health also planned to open a mass vaccination site at the Vernon Annex on Monday. Other cities and towns said they're coming up with plans for vaccinating school staff. The New Haven Health Department will offer vaccine clinics to their school staff members starting on Wednesday. "Also a lot of our nurses are in the schools already, so they'll be setting up special days in many of the schools to make sure our school staff get vaccinated," said New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker. New Haven partnered with the Fair Haven Community Health Center to operate a school staff mass vaccination site every Tuesday through Friday at Wilbur Cross High School. How long it takes to get the staff vaccinated depend on the vaccine supply, according to Elicker. Vaccination sites for everyone have been popping up across the state. Last week, Hartford Healthcare opened a mega vaccination site at Liberty Square and the healthcare provider said it isn't finished yet. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/ct-vaccine-rollout-where-to-register-for-a-vaccine-if-you-re-eligible/article_172cf82a-5421-11eb-a098-5b6d493f3339.html?block_id=994091" target="_blank">RELATED: CT Vaccine Rollout: Where to register for a vaccine if you’re eligible</a> Under the governor's age-based vaccination plan, more and more people will be allowed to get vaccinated in the next one to two months, and even more are expected to be vaccinated starting in May as the 16 to 34 age group will be allowed to sign up to get their COVID vaccines.
U.S. Senate confirms Cardona as Secretary of EducationWASHINGTON DC (WFSB) - A Meriden native has been confirmed as the next U.S. education secretary on Monday. A confirmation vote on Dr. Miguel Cardona's nomination started around 5:30 p.m. Cardona, Connecticut's current education commissioner, was nominated by President Joe Biden. Students were making their way to class on Monday at Hanover Elementary School. Those are the same hallways Cardona was a principal. Cardona's success is a proud moment, he's expected to be sworn in on Tuesday and then to mark the occasion, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden is planning to visit Meriden. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/cts-education-commissioner-is-one-step-closer-to-being-u-s-education-secretary/article_f13bed2c-6c87-11eb-9210-e3a1deba83c4.html" target="_blank">RELATED: CT's education commissioner is one step closer to being U.S. Education secretary</a> Governor Ned Lamont released a statement saying, “This is an incredible moment for Connecticut, as someone who was educated in our public schools and went on to lead a successful teaching career in those very schools has been confirmed to be our nation’s top education advisor. I’m feeling bittersweet emotions today knowing that our administration is saying farewell to someone who has been a wonderful commissioner, but we’re also gaining ally on the national stage. Miguel, his family, the Meriden public school system, and everyone at the State Department of Education should feel immense pride today. This is a remarkable opportunity for Miguel, and I look forward to continuing our work together on behalf of Connecticut’s students as he transitions to this new role.” For more statements from local leaders and lawmakers, click <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/state-leaders-lawmakers-congratulate-cardona-on-confirmation-as-secretary-of-education/article_80917516-7ae6-11eb-92b1-834de84dc9a3.html" target="_blank">here</a>. Cardona will be sworn into on Tuesday.
Arctic blast brings wind, chilly temps starting tonightHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The governor activated the the state's severe cold weather protocol due to an approaching blast of wind and bitter temperatures. A wind advisory begins Monday afternoon and runs through Tuesday morning. Channel 3 declared an Early Warning Weather Alert for that timeframe. "A strong northwesterly wind will deliver a shot of bitterly cold air tonight and [Tuesday] morning," said Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest. "Gusts to 45-55 mph are likely, and there could be isolated wind gusts to 60 mph in some higher exposed elevations." The result could be isolated to scattered power outages. If they pop up, track them with Channel 3's interactive radar <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/weather/radar" target="_blank">here</a>. "The temperatures will also drop to some very cold levels. The mercury will plunge into the upper single digits and teens by early tomorrow morning, and wind chills will range from zero to 15 below," DePrest said. It is going to be a tough morning at the bus stop. With the arrival of the cold air, there could be a chance for a brief snow shower or snow squalls in some locations. Gov. Ned Lamont said the state's protocol went into effect at noon and runs through Tuesday at noon. The protocol sets up a system for state agencies and municipalities to coordinate with United Way 211 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from the severe conditions. Anyone in need of shelter can call 211. “While many of us were hoping that the brutal cold weather had ended for the season, it looks like we’re not out of the woods yet, as wind chills will be near or below zero across Connecticut tonight,” Lamont said. “Shelters are open throughout the state, and we need to spread the word to the most vulnerable in our communities that these services are available. If you know if anyone who is in need of shelter, please call 211 and they will connect you to the nearest available locations.” Tuesday during the day looks to be sunny, but very cold. "Wind chills will be in the single digits and teens during the afternoon. While the wind will be strong throughout the day, it will become less intense during the afternoon and evening," DePrest said. Temperatures should recover a bit on Wednesday. Both Wednesday and Thursday look to feature light winds, sun and temps in the 40s. "The storm track will remain well to the south of New England throughout this week and the upcoming weekend. Therefore, we expect mostly sunny skies Thursday and Friday,' DePrest said. Read the complete technical discussion <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/weather/technical_discussion/" target="_blank">here</a>. For weather updates on smartphones and tablets, head <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/site/station_info/apps" target="_blank">here</a> or text "WFSB" to 23765 to download the Channel 3 app.
US Marshals expand manhunt nationwide for suspect accused of killing Yale grad studentNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - A nationwide manhunt is now underway for a man accused of killing a Yale graduate student. On Monday, the U.S. Marshal Service said it is now expanding the manhunt nationwide for Qinxuang Pan, who is now charged with murder. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/person-of-interest-in-yale-grad-student-death-accused-of-stealing-vehicle-from-ma-dealership/article_8b67540a-75e2-11eb-8cfa-6319f2b007ff.html" target="_blank">RELATED: 'Person of interest' in Yale grad student death accused of stealing vehicle from MA dealership</a> Court documents say that on the day Kevin Jiang was murdered, Pan had walked into a car dealership in Mansfield, Mass. and took a 2015 GMC Terrain out for a test drive, but never returned. U.S. marshals said that the 29-year-old Pan was last seen in the early morning hours on Fe. 11, driving with family members in Brookhaven or Duluth, Georgia. Family members said Pan was carrying a black backpack and acting strange. Pan is described as an Asian man standing 6 feet tall, weighing 170 pounds with a medium complexion and short black hair. If arrested outside of Connecticut, authorities are expected to have Pan extradited back to stand trial. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/police-secure-arrest-warrant-for-person-of-interest-in-yale-students-murder/article_f86d009c-7905-11eb-9205-9f8ca871e60d.html" target="_blank">RELATED: Police secure arrest warrant for 'person of interest' in Yale student's murder</a> A reward of $10,000 is being offered for any information leading to Pan's arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact U.S. Marshals at 1-877-Wanted-2 (1-877-926-8332).
Vaccine clinic set up along the shoreline just for educatorsOLD SAYBROOK, CT (WFSB) -Monday was the first day educators across the state were able to get vaccinated. Health Districts are setting up clinics, specifically designed for educators. A clinic along the shoreline started at 3:30 p.m., shortly after dismissal. It works like most clinics. People drive up, answer questions with a nurse, get the vaccine, then wait 15 to 30 minutes. The difference is, every person sitting in that line is an educator. “I’m thrilled. I can’t wait. That’s why I signed up for the very first appointment they made available and here I am,” said Suzanne Miller. Suzanne Miller is a childcare provider in Clinton. She is one of the first people in line at the vaccine clinic at Old Saybrook Middle School. “We’re really looking forward to not closing all the time since that’s disrupting parents from being able to go to work,” Miller said. Old Saybrook Emergency Management and CT River Area Health District are running the clinic exclusively for teachers from eight surrounding towns. On Monday, they plan on vaccinating 300 educators. Westbrook teacher Julie Pauley says she’s looking forward to being comfortable in the classroom again. “Anxious, ready to be vaccinated and be a little more on the way of a safety zone,” Pauley said. Old Saybrook EMS created a website just for educators to sign up. For the next week, the clinic will be just for them. “This is a way not only they won’t get sick, but they don’t have to quarantine when a kid gets sick,” said Scott Martinson, Director of Health, CT River Area Health District. “Everyone is really happy to get the vaccine in their systems because this is the light at the end of the tunnel for all of us,” said Old Saybrook Police Chief Michael Spera. Martinson says there will also be a designated clinic for teachers to get their second dose in four weeks.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine coming to CT this week, expected to help speed up appointment processHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – The opening day rush of vaccine hunters was expected on Monday as the state expanded the edibility to 55 and older, but it is still leaving thousands searching for an appointment. Anyone who failed to get an appointment on Monday was told not to give up. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was approved over the weekend and at some point this week, the state is getting 39,000 doses. That means more appointments will become available as the week goes on and folks are being told to check daily to see if there are any changes. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/ct-vaccine-rollout-where-to-register-for-a-vaccine-if-you-re-eligible/article_172cf82a-5421-11eb-a098-5b6d493f3339.html?block_id=994091" target="_blank">CT Vaccine Rollout: Where to register for a vaccine if you’re eligible</a> Governor Ned Lamont expected this to happen as there has been an initial rush during the first couple of days when a new segment of the population could get vaccinated. Lamont says this surge in demand should taper off in about a week, but there’s an interesting comparison. The governor’s team says the roadblocks some are experiencing would have paled in comparison to what the state would have seen if it followed the CDC’s plan. “If we had continued down the prior path of prioritization, we would have somewhere between two or three times more people eligible today than we do as it is. Based on the various lists, we would have had two-thirds to three-fourths of the entire adult population eligible today, so based on the age based approach, this group that’s coming eligible today are the group that are by far the most likely to die from COVID-19. They now have the clearest run at appointments over the next three weeks,” said Josh Geballe, Chief Operating Officer.