by: Samaia Hernandez
SIMSBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — After much uncertainty, high school winter sports games are officially back on.
The season is permitted to resume with strict COVID-19 guidelines in place, which were set by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) and the Connecticut State Department of Public Health (DPH).
Ice hockey, which is considered a “moderate” sport under CIAC’s guidelines, is allowed to play 12 games. Players are encouraged to wear masks and to and change them often.
Boys and girls basketball, girls gymnastics and boys swimming will also return. However, competitive cheer, dance and wrestling are considered high risk. Those groups cannot have games or matches; they are limited to small group conditioning.
“Much like we did in the fall, our plan follows DPH guidelines as well as the protocols within schools,” said Glenn Lungarini, Executive Director of the CIAC. “We have contact tracing partnerships with the DPH so when that occurs, and those students need to quarantine, we follow those guidelines and protocols.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for kids age five to 11. We spoke with two Connecticut physicians Monday about the announcement.
Pfizer released its data on its BioNTech COVID vaccine trials on children age five-11 Monday. It explains about 2,000 children were given a dose smaller than what adults received. The pharmaceutical company says side effects were minimal and there were no heart issues.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Middletown campus of Middlesex Community College will be closed Monday night due to a power outage.
The outage was caused by a crash in the area. South Fire District says there was a crash on Randolph Road involving a car that struck a utility pole.
(AP) — COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000. And like the worldwide scourge of a century ago, the coronavirus may never entirely disappear from our midst.
Instead, scientists hope the virus that causes COVID-19 becomes a mild seasonal bug as human immunity strengthens through vaccination and repeated infection. That would take time.