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Effective Response, Cross-border Lag, in Case of Coronavirus in Stonington Daycare – Niantic Children’s Museum Closes After Positive Test

With the first confirmed case of the Coronavirus in southeastern Connecticut linked to a Rhode Island child in a daycare facility in Stonington, Stephen Mansfield, executive director of Ledge Light Health District, said that while initial communication across state borders overnight had caused a short lag in awareness, proactive steps by the family and daycare… Keep Reading

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As Southeast Connecticut Adopts “Social Distancing,” Local Businesses, Social Services, Step Up to Help Residents and Elderly

As efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus get underway across southeast Connecticut, all Meals on Wheels programs are continuing for now, said Stephanie Gould, the director at the Lyme-Old Lyme Senior Center. Many pharmacies, such as CVS, are offering medication delivery for free to anyone who is concerned about going out in public. “And… Keep Reading

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Limited Testing for Coronavirus, Canceled Tournaments in Connecticut

Due to limited availability of COVID-19 test kits, the state has restricted testing for the virus to hospitalized patients only. According to the Department of Public Health, other individuals who suspect they have Coronavirus will be able to be tested at Quest Diagnostic Labs when more kits are released later this week. The Department of… Keep Reading

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Plans to Add 15 Mosquito Testing Sites for EEE Uncertain With Connecticut Budget Crunch

After four diagnosed cases — and three deaths — of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in southeastern Connecticut in 2019, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is requesting an additional $150,000 from the state to add 15 new mosquito testing locations. “We would like to add 15 additional sites in the east where we didn’t have a presence… Keep Reading

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State Sen. Heather Somers to Sponsor Bills Targeted at Drug Costs, Insurance, Mental Health and more…

MYSTIC — When CT Examiner caught up with State Senator Heather Somers (R-18th) on Monday morning, she arrived with a long list of bills she’s getting ready to submit, and in some cases resubmit, during the upcoming legislative session. With measured optimism, Somers said it takes persistence to get a bill made into law. “I… Keep Reading

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Food Allergies Challenge Restaurant Industry in Connecticut

For State Representative Robin Comey (D-Branford), food allergies have become a fact of everyday life. “My son has food allergies. He has had them since he was about 16 months old. It’s what I’ve been advocating for, for years, and one reason I ran for office,” Comey said. From the time her son was diagnosed,… Keep Reading

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School-based Health Centers Expand into Elementary Schools, Open Center For Navy Children

Last week, the 94th school-based health center funded by the Department of Public Health, and the 15th in New London County, opened in Mary Morrison Elementary School in Groton. “When the folks from Family & Child Agency approached us about the possibility of having another center we were thrilled to put it mildly,” said Michael… Keep Reading

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Ninety-Two Years and Running for Manchester Road Race

In 1927 a few members of the Manchester High School Cross Country team lined up on Thanksgiving morning and ran a five-mile loop before the football games started that afternoon. It wasn’t about costumes or burning calories. There were less than a dozen runners, and none of them were women. The boys didn’t know they… Keep Reading

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Opinion: We Owe It To Public Health to Take Action on Vaping

Late last month, I joined State Representative Jesse MacLachlan and prominent community leaders in Clinton for a panel discussion on vaping. I only wish we scheduled it sooner. In recent months, vaping and associated injuries and deaths have become a pressing issue. We must take it seriously and protect public health. As of November 1,… Keep Reading

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