Yale Study Offers Multiple Strategies for Containing Monkeypox
A new study from the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) sets specific targets for containment and offers multiple strategies for limiting the spread of monkeypox using basic public-health tools of community detection, contact tracing, and vaccination.
For child care programs, masking helped minimize closures, study shows
A new Yale study that followed more than 6,600 child care professionals across the 50 states found that programs practicing child masking early in the pandemic saw lower rates of program interruption compared with those that did not.
NBA extends community testing program as part of 2019-20 Season Restart in Orlando
The NBA announced today a new community testing program providing thousands of no-cost COVID-19 PCR tests in Orlando, Fla. and team markets nationwide. The program, which is a part of NBA Together, the league’s global community and social engagement campaign that aims to support, engage, educate and inspire youth, families and fans in response to the coronavirus pandemic, tipped off earlier this month and will run through August.Source: NBA
UConn, Yale, other local colleges plan ambitious COVID-19 testing programs for thousands of students. Experts wonder whether it’s enough.
With thousands of students arriving on college campuses across Connecticut within weeks, Yale and Wesleyan have announced an ambitious plan to test student for COVID-19 twice a week, while UConn and other schools have committed to lesser amounts of testing. In an email to students this week, Dr. Stephanie Spangler, Yale’s vice provost for health affairs and academic integrity, said the school would increase its planned testing from once to twice a week based on “an analysis of testing protocols that would be most likely to limit the rapid spread of the infection.”Source: Hartford Courant
Another Grim Milestone: U.S. Records 150,000 Coronavirus Deaths
The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged countless countries worldwide, but none have been hit harder than the U.S., and America sped past a somber signpost on Wednesday, as the number of confirmed Covid-related deaths within the United States surpassed 150,000.Source: Forbes
CT’s coronavirus transmission rate tops important threshold
The coronavirus transmission rate in Connecticut has risen slightly above one, meaning that COVID-19 may have started to spread again in the state, albeit slowly, even as new case numbers remain low. “If that is greater than one, the number of cases is going to grow,” Virginia Pitzer, an associate professor of the epidemiology of microbial disease at the Yale School of Public Health, explained about the transmission rate.Source: CT Post
U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 145,000
The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 145,000 following a surge of new infections across swaths of the nation that began in mid-June. The country reported more than 68,000 new cases Thursday, slightly lower than the previous day’s tally. The U.S. accounts for over a quarter of the more than 15.5 million coronavirus cases world-wide, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.Source: The Wall Street Journal
A wave of worry as college students begin annual influx while virus flares
It’s an annual Boston ritual in August: College students and families hauling furniture and luggage clog the sidewalks in front of dormitories and apartment buildings. Their moving vans line the streets. They pack local restaurants. But this year, moving-in day and the arrival of what in normal years is close to 170,000 college students to Massachusetts from across the country and perhaps even the world will serve as more than a minor inconvenience. In the era of the coronavirus pandemic, it could also signal an enduring public health threat. Many Boston-area colleges and universities plan to bring a substantial number of students back to campus in the coming weeks for the fall semester. Many will travel from states that are virus hot spots, where rates of infections are on the rise. They will test the state’s hard-won, but fragile success, in lowering the coronavirus infection rate and death toll.Source: edition.pagesuite.com
Can a high school sports season be played in Connecticut amid the coronavirus pandemic? School and sports officials are planning for it, but concerns remain.
School and sports officials are determined to hold a fall high school sports season, so long as students are learning in their classrooms this year in some fashion. Planning for the season, which is likely to be delayed, continues despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and uncertainty over whether schools will be open in the coming months. Numerous questions remain, including when the season will start, what rule modifications will be put in place for social distancing, whether masks need to be worn, whether locker rooms will be used and whether spectators can attend, but the goal remains to play a season.Source: Hartford Courant
With eyes on reopening, some colleges turn to saliva coronavirus tests for students
With demand for coronavirus testing expected to rise even higher this fall as students return to campuses across the nation, some major universities are adding their names to the list of those turning to at-home test kits that look for the virus in a person's saliva -- a novel technique that's raised hopes, and questions, when it comes to mass testing.Source: ABC News
Parent surveys suggest most want their children in school this fall, but many families remain uncertain
As schools prepare for students to return in the fall, district surveys show a large majority of Connecticut parents and guardians want their children to attend classes in-person. Still, among the 550,000 students in public schools and their families, it appears that sizable numbers are uncertain about or are not willing to return to schools this fall. As many as 20% of families in some districts plan to keep their children at home this fall.Source: Hartford Courant
Real Art Ways reopens its gallery space, planning outdoor film screenings
Real Arts Ways has gotten real again after months of virtual arts offering. RAW is reopening its gallery space Thursday, and plans to offer outdoor screenings and performances in August. The announcement was made in an email sent Tuesday, part of the RAW’s regular “Weekly eNews” blast. The multi-faceted arts center has kept active online since the coronavirus shutdown, with film screenings and other virtual events, but this is the first public event at the organization’s building since mid-March.Source: Hartford Courant
Connecticut Education Association calls for weekly COVID-19 testing and guaranteed state funding required before reopening schools
After raising safety concerns about the state’s plan to reopen schools full-time, the state’s largest teachers union is now calling for a delay in the opening of schools until the state provides funding for all COVID-19 related expenses and guarantees weekly testing for all staff and students.Source: Hartford Courant
Lawmakers ask about potential COVID-19 vaccine cost, efficacy
Several major drugmakers confirmed to Congress Tuesday their contracts with the U.S. government include no guarantees that a vaccine underwritten with billions in public dollars will be affordably priced. The comments from the executives at a hearing Tuesday offer a window into the agreements between the U.S. government and the pharmaceutical industry.Source: rollcall.com