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INTERVIEW: Local doctor answers questions about COVID-19 vaccineDr. Summer McGee, dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of New Haven, answers questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
People face challenges in registering for second dose of vaccineHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Many people trying to get their second COVID-19 shots are saying they are getting confused and frustrated. Both Pfizer and Moderna require a second dose, but in Connecticut, some people are saying they can't make that second appointment, or if they can get an appointment, it’s outside the recommended window between vaccines. Barbara Buckley got her first vaccine at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on Monday. "I sat there for half an hour, and they monitor you. But getting the second shot is not easy,” she explained, adding that she wanted to schedule her second shot while she was getting her first. She tried using the state’s Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS), but couldn’t get an appointment until February. VAMS is a website run by the Centers for Disease Control and the state Department of Public Health where people can register to get vaccines. Buckley should be getting her second dose in three weeks, but she'll have to wait at least five. The Dept. of Public Health said waiting a couple of weeks isn't bad, but it's important to get that second dose to make the vaccine complete. "It would be easier when you're getting your first shot to book you right then and there,” Buckley said. However, people aren’t able to schedule both doses at the same time. "I just don't know where else we can go,” said Michael Marquis, who got his vaccine at Rentschler Field Tuesday morning, but then had trouble scheduling a second dose. He was then able to get a second appointment Tuesday afternoon. "I called a variety of places to try to get through to get information and I wasn't able to,” said Donna Fitzgerald, of Tolland. The Dept. of Public Health said after the first vaccine, people should get an email so they can make an appointment for that second dose. Health officials said while the state would like to receive more vaccines, they do have enough right now to give people that second dose.
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State police seen investigating at property once owned by Fotis DulosFARMINGTON, CT (WFSB) -- On Tuesday, Connecticut State Police were back out at a Farmington property that was owned by Fotis Dulos, the man charged with felony murder following his estranged wife’s disappearance. It’s been nearly one year since Dulos died following a suicide attempt at his Farmington home. He was arrested in January of 2020 and charged with felony murder following the disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/timeline-events-surrounding-new-canaan-mom-s-disappearance/article_81bb741a-8613-11e9-b806-bf0cff043a93.html" target="_blank">TIMELINE: Events surrounding New Canaan mom's disappearance</a> The New Canaan mom was last seen dropping her children off at school on May 24, 2019. State troopers were seen Tuesday morning at 80 Mountain Spring Rd. in Farmington, one of the properties that was owned by Dulos' company the Fore Group. Investigators were seen searching the property, including police K9s. Several detectives were also seen digging holes in the backyard at one point in the afternoon, even using ground penetrating radar. The home is currently up for sale for nearly $1.7 million. Police said they are following up on old leads, but said there is no new information available at this time. Back in early January of 2020, Dulos was charged with murder, felony murder and kidnapping. Jennifer Farber Dulos’ body was never found. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/fotis-dulos-estranged-husband-of-missing-mom-charged-with-felony-murder/article_6ce1a792-ee93-11e9-9b82-7f9a8e682d90.html" target="_blank">RELATED: Fotis Dulos, estranged husband of missing mom, charged with felony murder</a> Fotis Dulos’ former girlfriend Michelle Troconis was also arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Additionally, Dulos’ civil attorney Kent Mawhinney, who represented him in a case over the Farber estate, was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder. On Jan. 28, 2020, Fotis Dulos attempted suicide at his Farmington home. He was set to appear at a bond hearing in Stamford court that day. He was then flown to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. On Jan. 30, 2020, Dulos was declared dead of carbon monoxide poisoning. The day Farber Dulos went missing, Fotis Dulos' phone pinged at both his home on Jefferson Crossing in Farmington, and the home on Mountain Spring Road. The Dulos family once lived on Jefferson Crossing in Farmington, but then Farber Dulos and the children left that home and moved to New Canaan. Fotis Dulos remain in the Jefferson Crossing home, which is just about a mile from Mountain Spring Road. On the morning of May 24, 2019, investigators said they believed Dulos was "lying in wait" at Farber Dulos' New Canaan home. During the investigation, it was reported that Dulos' DNA was found mixed with Jennifer's in the kitchen sink of her New Canaan home. Later that day, Fotis and Troconis were allegedly seen on surveillance video, placing multiple garbage bags inside bins across the city of Hartford. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/blood-found-in-new-canaan-home-garage-amid-search-for-missing-mom/article_df055f38-85e5-11e9-b74f-c3f7f8cfcedf.html" target="_blank">RELATED: Blood found in New Canaan home, garage amid search for missing mom</a> According to the arrest warrant, surveillance cameras picked up on what appears to be Fotis' truck, saying "a black Ford Raptor truck stopping at over 30 locations along a more than 4-mile stretch of Albany Avenue between Baltimore and Edward streets." The five Dulos children are being cared for by Jennifer Farber Dulos' mother. The story grabbed the attention of people across the state, and even the country. Residents who live nearby said they just want closure. "I hope they made some progress in this case. It's a long process, we know, but it's time to bring this to a level end and closure," said John Carusone, of Avon. Stay with Ch. 3 as more information becomes available.
People ages 65-74 will start scheduling vaccine appointments in early Feb.HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- The state has released additional information about who will be able to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine next. Right now, Phase 1B is allowing people ages 75 and older to schedule an appointment for a vaccine and ultimately get their vaccination. Starting in early February, the state said people between the ages of 65 and 74 will be able to schedule their vaccination appointments. <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> After that, likely late February or early March, frontline essential workers and individuals with underlying medical conditions who have an increased risk for severe illness will begin scheduling appointments. The frontline essential workers include: Healthcare personnel not included in Phase 1aFirst respondersAgricultural workers, including farmworkersFood service and restaurantsU.S. Postal Service workersManufacturing workersGrocery store &amp; pharmacy workersPublic transit workersFood banks and meal delivery services for the elderlyEducation and child-care workersSolid waste and wastewater workersInspectors working on site in the above locationsFrontline public and social services Beyond that, Phase 1C is slated for May, and Phase 2 is slated for June. “We are working to administer the vaccine to as many people as possible, but the greatest barrier continues to be our supply as we are only scheduled to receive about 45,000 doses of the vaccine per week, while 1.4 million people are eligible under phase 1b,” Gov. Ned Lamont said. “That is why we are working to roll this out in a way that gets the vaccine to the people who are at greatest risk first. The good news is that we are seeing an overwhelming number of people in our state who want to receive the vaccine – and that is a key component of keeping our residents safe from COVID-19. In the meantime, our administration will continue doing everything we can to get more doses of the vaccine into Connecticut as quickly as possible.” Lamont said there are 1.4 million people eligible in Phase 1B, and the state is anticipating to receive 45,000 doses of vaccine per week from the federal government. Therefore, this tiered approach for Phase 1B was created. As of Sunday Jan. 17, approximately 221,000 doses of vaccine have been administered in Connecticut since the vaccine program’s inception, including 196,000 first doses. “We have begun in earnest vaccinations of our 75 and older population,” Acting Public Health Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford said. “We have dozens of large vaccination clinics up and running throughout the state with more coming online soon. In order to vaccinate our 75 plus residents as quickly as possible so that we can move on to the other groups within 1b, it is critical that we focus on getting shots in the arms of those elderly and most vulnerable residents. We continue to ask for everyone’s patience as we proceed through Phase 1b and on to subsequent phases. As you patiently wait your turn for vaccination, please remember to continue wearing masks, social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene and gathering only with the members of your own household.” More information on the vaccine phases, and how to contact a healthcare provider to make an appointment, can be found by <a href="https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/covid-19%20vaccinations" target="_blank">clicking here</a>.
Daughter plans wedding at Middlesex Hospital for father to attend days before he diedMIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) – A local family is sharing their heartache after the loss of their father, while at the same time, sharing their love for a man who succumbed to cancer hours after being there for his daughter’s wedding. On Saturday, Michael Krystek and Sara Estela exchanged their wedding vows at Sara’s father’s bedside. After experiencing breathing problems on Christmas Day, Juan Estela was admitted to Middlesex Hospital. Tests revealed he had terminal cancer. His final wish was to walk his daughter Sara down the aisle at her wedding in May. “We wanted something fairytale-like, well I wanted something fairytale-like,” Sara said. As Juan’s health continued to fail, Sara made her dad’s dream come true on Saturday. Her gown was a yellow PPE gown along with masks and gloves. “Just having him there is what mattered to me,” Sara said. With the minister, friends and family on zoom the bride and groom said, “I do.” Sara’s sister Alyssa witnessed the exchange of vows from her car via Zoom. “I was so overcome with joy that Middlesex was able to do this,” said Alyssa Broe. “It was our privilege to care for Juan and to help him attend his daughter’s wedding. Our heart’s go out to Juan’s family, and we wish the newly married couple all the best,” said Amanda Falcone, Middlesex Hospital. Sara said her and her husband will exchange vows again this coming summer, in June, on her father’s birthday. “I wanted something small and meaningful, but everyone that mattered to me most to be there,” Sara said. If you want to learn more about their story and donate to the GoFundMe page, click <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/juans-kidney-battle?sharetype=teams&amp;member=7709660&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=customer&amp;utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&amp;rcid=c20e149e18be43939173674567c4f909" target="_blank">here.</a>
Safety preps remain at state Capitol ahead of presidential inaugurationHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- With the presidential inauguration less than 24 hours away, police at the Connecticut state Capitol remain on high alert. While police said they have received no credible threats, the National Guard will remain at the Capitol and Legislative Office Building through President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. “I'm expecting peace at the Capitol,” said State Capitol Police Luis Cassanova. The presence on Wednesday won’t match what was seen on Sunday, when hundreds of police and National Guard troops were in place. “We had very few protestors show up on Sunday, I’m hoping we'll get the same response on Wednesday,” Cassanova said. On Sunday, the FBI had warned of potential armed protests at all 50 state capitals leading up to the inauguration. However, only a handful of protestors showed up at the state Capitol in Hartford on Sunday. Police are hoping for a similar outcome on Wednesday, but will be ready if things change. Meanwhile, many are calling for unity so that the nation can heal after the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. On Tuesday, a group of clergy members held a nationwide event at capitals around the country. “I hope that what happened on Jan. 6 is the thing that shifts and makes the shift so that we will come together as a nation,” said Rev. Carl McCluster, of Shiloh Church BPT. He said the nation needs to come together and tackle key issues, including the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism. He supports anyone's right to protest but urges everyone to stay peaceful. “I've protested at this Capitol before, but I never broke in, I never attacked,” McCluster said. National Guard troops from around the country headed to Washington D.C. for increased security Wednesday, including nearly 300 from Connecticut. In Hartford, Capitol Police will start to roll back measures at the Capitol after Wednesday, but it will depend on any future threats. “We will scale things down day-by-day, it is a fluid plan,” Cassanova said. Connecticut's congressional delegation is already in D.C. for the inauguration. While they expect it to be peaceful, they still think security forces should be prepared to act. “We need to prepare for the worst even as we hope for the best,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal. “This is the most secure I have ever seen the Capitol, and therefore, I guess I have pretty good confidence that nothing bad is going to happen tomorrow (Wednesday),” said Congressman Jim Himes. In an op-ed on CNN’s website on Tuesday, Himes urged people to tone down the rhetoric. “The moment we start thinking of people whose ideas are different than our own as evil or as treasonous, this country's coming apart,” Himes said.
Waterbury giving out vaccines, preparing for mass-vaccination sitesWATERBURY, CT (WFSB) – The Brass City got its latest batch of COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday morning. Right now, they vaccines are going to those 75 and older, but city leaders are preparing to vaccinate on a larger scale. Waterbury worked fast to administer the 300 Moderna vaccine doses the city received Tuesday morning. “Takes a lot of relief off, you know, being worried about the whole corona thing. Now I can sleep at night,” said Leo Bonicki. The city is preparing several mass-vaccination sites. They’ll be as Post University, Brass Mill Center Mall, and the Waterbury Arts Magnet School. The Stay-Well Center location on South Main Street will also be administering vaccines for those who qualify under Phase 1b. However, unlike the other locations, this will not have a drive-thru and people will have to walk up. The city’s Director of Emergency Management, Adam Rinko, says the goal for each site is to administer 500 doses a day pending vaccine availability. “Our plan is to build, to build capacity and hopefully the volume will follow, as much as we can get it, we’ll get out,” Rinko said. Post University’s site slated to open Monday. University President and CEO John Hopkins says it’s being jointly run with Waterbury Health. The aim is to administer 300 to 500 doses a day. “We hope to ramp that up really quickly to about 2,000 vaccinations a day, which is really important to have an impact on the community,” Hopkins said. People have to have an appointment to get a vaccine. Anyone who would like to schedule an appointment can click <a href="https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccinations%20" target="_blank">here</a> or call 203-575-5250 ext. 4.
Coronavirus Coverage: State's positivity rises slightly to 5.65%(WFSB) -- The Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact Connecticut and the entire country. Below is a breakdown of developments as they happen: As of Tuesday, Gov. Ned Lamont said the state's positivity rate was at 5.65 percent. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/coronavirus-coverage-a-guide-to-finding-a-covid-test-checking-wait-times/article_f7dfc828-2aac-11eb-acb2-f7d1d1f360ff.html" target="_blank">Coronavirus Coverage: A guide to finding a COVID test, checking wait times</a> <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> For a complete town-by-town breakdown of the cases, <a href="https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Data-Tracker" target="_blank">click here</a>. Jan. 19 On Tuesday, there were 233,219 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 2,094 since Monday. Out of 37,033 tests administered, 2,094 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 5.65%. There were 12 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 6,682. Hospitalizations increased by 27, bringing the total to 1,141. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 5,328,928, an increase of 37,033 since Monday. Jan. 18 On Monday, there were 230,125 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 6,703 since Friday. Out of 138,085 tests administered, 6,703 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 4.85%. There were 76 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 6,670. Hospitalizations increased by 16, bringing the total to 1,114. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 5,291,895, an increase of 138,085 since Friday. Jan. 15 On Friday, there were 223,422 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 1,878 since Thursday. Out of 30,303 tests administered, 1,878 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 6.2%. There were 41 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 6,594. Hospitalizations decreased by 20, bringing the total to 1,098. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 4,8867,707, an increase of 30,303 since Thursday. Jan. 14 On Thursday, there were 221,544 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 968 since Wednesday. Out of 22,171 tests administered, 968 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 4.37%. There were 17 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 6,553. Hospitalizations decreased by 30, bringing the total to 1,118. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 4,837,404, an increase of 22,171 since Wednesday. Jan. 13 On Wednesday, there were 220,576 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 3,529 since Tuesday. Out of 56,600 tests administered, 3,529 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 6.23%. There were 87 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 6,536. Hospitalizations decreased by 6, bringing the total to 1,148. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 4,815,233, an increase of 56,600 since Tuesday. Jan. 12 On Tuesday, there were 217,047 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 3,689 since Monday. Out of 34,422 tests administered, 3,689 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 10.72%. There were 31 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 6,449. Hospitalizations increased by 12, bringing the total to 1,154. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 4,758,633, an increase of 34,422 since Monday. Jan. 11 On Monday, there were 213,358 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 7,364 since Friday. Out of 116,244 tests administered, 7,364 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 6.33 %. There were 92 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 6,416. Hospitalizations increased by 33, bringing the total to 1,142. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 4,724,211, an increase of 116,244 since Friday. Jan. 8 4 p.m. On Friday, there were 205,994 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 3,236 since Thursday. Out of 38,262 tests administered, 3,236 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 8.46 %. There were 37 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 6,324. Hospitalizations increased by 22, bringing the total to 1,109. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 4,607,967, an increase of 38,262 since Thursday. 3 p.m. During a news conference on Friday afternoon, Gov. Ned Lamont said the state's positivity rate has spiked to about 8.5 percent. More statistics are expected to be released later in the day. Jan. 7 4 p.m. On Thursday, there were 202,758 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 3,304 since Wednesday. Out of 52,633 tests administered, 3,304 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 6.28%. There were 57 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 6,287. Hospitalizations decreased by 52, bringing the total to 1,087. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 4,569,705, an increase of 52,633 since Wednesday. Jan. 6 4:30 p.m. On Wednesday, there were 199,454 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 2,486 since Tuesday. Out of 29,080 tests administered, 2,486 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 8.55%. There were 38 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 6,230. Hospitalizations decreased by 10, bringing the total to 1,139. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 4,517,072, an increase of 29,080 since Tuesday. Jan. 5 4 p.m. On Tuesday, there were 196,968 COVID-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, which is up 2,332 since Monday. Out of 30,458 tests administered, 2,332 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 7.66%. There were 24 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 6,192. Hospitalizations increased by 38, bringing the total to 1,149. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 4,487,992, an increase of 30,458 since Monday. Jan. 4 4:10 p.m. Governor Ned Lamont said as of Monday, there were 75,180 coronavirus vaccines administered, which is about 2% of the state's population. He also said that 100% of first doses as all nursing homes in the state will be completed by Friday. 4 p.m. On Monday, there were 194,636 COVID-19 cases reported, which is up 4,516 since Saturday. Out of 85,344 tests administered, 4,516 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 5.29%. There were 69 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 6,168. Hospitalizations increased by 55, bringing the total to 1,111. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 4,457,534, an increase of 85,344 since Saturday. Jan. 2 On Saturday, there were 190,120 coronavirus cases reported, which is up by 4,412 since Thursday. Out of 62,526 tests administered, 4,412 came back positive, resulting in a positivity rate of 7.06 percent. There were 104 new COVID-related deaths, bringing the state's overall total to 6,099 since the pandemic started. Hospitalizations are down by eighty since Thursday, which brings the state's overall total to 1,056. The number of tests that have been administered since the pandemic began is now at 4,372,190, an increase of 62,526 since Thursday. For earlier statistics dating back through 2020, <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/coronavirus-updates-positivity-rate-drops-to-5-29/article_02b0324c-0406-11eb-b10f-2352d8d4314c.html" target="_blank">click here</a>.