Today, our local school district went full virtual through Thanksgiving. We feel a noose tightening around our necks. No one I know wants to spread disease or cause sickness. And everywhere I go, I see congenial compliance with mask wearing and courteous social distancing, like it or not. I used the noose analogy for a reason. Last week on Facebook, a member of the autism community shared including photos that would tear out your heart that her teen daughter hung herself, and survived. She was begging for prayers that brain activity would resume. As of a Thursday update, there was little hope left, but still, many of us tried to reach out to her in support.
As we approach the change of administrations, assuming there is a change, I don't care to get into a voter fraud conversation, we need to remember the steep toll Covid sanctions, precautions, whatever you care to call them, are taking on Americans. And citizens globally. I read time and time again that families with even moderately autistic children of all ages are seeing regression, loss of skills across the board and often chilling violent behaviors. Businesses teetering on the brink of insolvency here in Connecticut face new rollbacks of the right to conduct business as of November 6. As we enter the normally boom weeks of the holiday season when many venues made their yearly profit, how many will shutter their doors permanently? Businesses are owned by people. Folks like you and me. Just trying to make it through the day, week, month, year.
If Joe Biden takes office on January 20th, can we expect and InaugurShutdown shortly thereafter?
Ct Health I Team: There were 11 new COVID-19 deaths reported since yesterday, bringing the death toll to 4,737. Hospitalizations increased by 42 to total 659, the Department of Public Health (DPH) reported.
Residents testing positive for the virus total 88,645 an increase of 2,746 since yesterday’s report. The state reported 2,700,876 tests completed, up 43,087. The state’s daily positivity rate is 6.37%.
Connecticut’s caseload was the highest reported in a single day.
On Friday (Nov. 13), New Haven County had the highest number of hospitalizations with 261, followed by Fairfield County with 176 and Hartford County with 155.
For a county-by-county breakdown of cases, go here and click on “Daily Data Report.”
As of Nov. 6, the state rolled back some restrictions to contain the spread of COVID, including limiting outdoor and indoor private gatherings to 10 people.
Under these new restrictions:
• Restaurants are limited to 50% capacity indoors; maximum of 6 people per table and must close by 10 p.m. (Earlier in the week, the governor had said restaurants could stay open until 9:30 p.m.)
• Event venues are limited to 25 indoors, 50 outdoors.
• Performing arts and movie theaters maximum capacity 100 people.
• Personal services, such as hairdressers and barber shops, remain at 75% capacity.
• Religious gatherings must adhere to a 50% capacity, or a maximum of 100 people. Virtual services are encouraged.
DPH issued a statewide public health advisory urging residents to limit any non-essential trips outside the home between the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in order to reduce the risk of the transmissions of the virus. Essential workers are exempt from the advisory.