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Vaccines, face masks, the delta variant, and reopening our schools – these are just some of the topics that have been on our minds as we continue to live through the Covid-19 pandemic. NBC Connecticut’s Dan Corcoran sat down with Dr. Scott Gottlieb to ask some of our biggest questions.

Gottlieb served as the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 2017 to 2019. He’s a medical doctor and sits on the board of Pfizer. Two weeks ago he released a book on the pandemic. On top of all that, he’s a Connecticut resident, so he has an understanding of what’s going on where we live.

This interview covered a range of topics. Responses below have been edited for clarity and length. To see more of Gottlieb’s thoughts on how we can prepare for any future pandemics, click here.

On Vaccines and Children

Dan: “When you think about vaccinations and children, especially that younger group, do you see that as some kind of a turning point for us in this pandemic, to have those younger kids vaccinated?”

Gottlieb: “Kids are at risk. I mean, that, you know, there’s a presumption that kids are at less risk and adults, that’s certainly true, we see the worst outcomes in older individuals, but kids are still at risk from this virus, not just from very bad outcomes, hospitalizations, even deaths, but we’re seeing kids have long term consequences of Covid. So you want to make sure that children are protected as well.”

Gottlieb: “I think it’s going to give a lot of people, a lot of adults more confidence, to go back to work back into offices, to resume a sense of normalcy. So I do think it’s going to be an important turning point for a lot of people.”

On Coronavirus in Connecticut Schools

Dan: “This school year so far, how are Connecticut schools doing?”

Gottlieb: “I think better than a lot a lot of states.”

Gottlieb: “I think the one thing that schools more schools can be doing is testing routine testing of the entire school age population asymptomatic testing. And there’s a presumption that if you test a lot, you’re going to turn over a lot of cases, obligate a lot of kids to quarantine, it’s actually the opposite. If you test a lot, you can test to stay if you sort of Google tests to stay a lot of states, North Dakota, Utah, are using testing to actually keep kids in the classroom. So if they have a positive case, rather than putting the whole class in quarantine, they’ll test the kids around that positive case, and then do serial testing over the course of a week to make sure that they don’t have onwards spread.

On Booster Shots & Covid-19 Vaccines

Dan: “Does every person who received a vaccination need a booster shot? Do we know that yet?”

Gottlieb: “We don’t know that yet. And certainly, not everyone needs a booster shot right now. You know, the CDC recommendation is that anyone over the age of 65, Anyone who lives in long-term care facility should get a booster shot. I think that makes eminent sense.

Gottlieb: “It’s going to be based on your individual circumstance, are you at heightened risk of getting Covid because of occupational exposure, are you at heightened risk of Covid, because you have a pre-existing health condition. So people are going to need to make an individual choice around whether or not they think they can benefit from booster shots based on their own risk factors.”

Dan: “What’s your message to people like that who are still not getting vaccinated at this point in the pandemic and we’re talking about not just state workers, but healthcare workers or anybody?

Gottlieb: “Different people have different reasons why they’re choosing to go and vaccinate at this point and defying mandates. In some cases. The most common argument I hear is the presumption that it’s sort of a new vaccine and the development process was very quick. You know, what I say is that this was a very long development process, actually, I mean, it felt quick in terms of the time but the clinical trials we did to actually evaluate these vaccines were the largest clinical trials conducted in modern times.

Gottlieb: “So the presumption that this is somehow still experimental and still novel, and we don’t have a lot of long-term data we actually do.”

On How the Country Approached the Pandemic

Dan: “The idea of a state-by-state patchwork approach, different states doing different things. Our governor here in Connecticut has made mention of the state of Florida, often saying that Connecticut is not Florida. So what is the impact of that this patchwork of response to this? And how did Connecticut do?”

Gottlieb: “Look, I think the fact that we didn’t have a more coordinated national approach to what we did set us back, this, this has been, we’ve had sort of state-based policies that have produced regional effects all across the country, all through the pandemic. And the reality is, if we have a flare in one part of the country, it’s going to eventually migrate to other parts of the country. So you know, we didn’t have a consistent approach. And so certain parts of the country that didn’t weren’t as vigilant ended up seeing infection.”

Gottlieb: “You know, we’ve done better than a lot of states, because I think we focused on some basic elements of disease control and pandemic control that have worked.”

On the delta variant and hope for the end of the pandemic

Dan: “Do you see signs to the Delta variant, that surge is coming to an end? And if so, when would that happen?”

Gottlieb: “Yeah, it’s certainly coming to an end in the South. You know, this epidemic across the US all the way through for the last year and a half has been highly regionalized.

Gottlieb: “We have much higher rates of vaccination, much more immunity in our population. But I still think that we’re at risk for a surge of infection as we get later into the fall, probably by Thanksgiving, most of the country will have gotten through the delta wave, you know, this is going to play out over the next six to eight weeks.”

Dan: “Is the worst of this pandemic now behind us? Is this almost over now?”

Gottlieb: “Barring something unexpected barring us getting a new variant, that that pierces the immunity that we’ve acquired, I think this delta wave of infections, the last major surge of infection that we’re going to have, and this is going to become a more persistent menace is going to become a more endemic virus, but we’re not going to be dealing with the very high prevalence of infection we’re dealing with now. So we need to get through this, this delta wave.”

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After a playful feud that has gone on for months, the sewage plant in Danbury is now named after comedian John Oliver and the host of “Last Week Tonight” made the trip from New York City to Danbury for the renaming.

“There is a reason that this sewer plant means so much to me and that’s that it represents everything that we need the most right now,” Oliver said in a segment of his HBO show, which aired Sunday. “Because, think about it, this place takes the worst that humanity can produce and transforms it into something that we can all live with and now, more than ever, there is something inspirational in that.”

The story that became the talk of the town in Connecticut’s “Hat City” started over the summer, in August, when Oliver started insulting the city for some unknown reason.

“If you’re going to forget a town in Connecticut, why not forget Danbury?” Oliver said.

He then listed a series of positive aspects of Danbury, including its “charming railway museum,” Hearthstone Castle, and he even pointed out that in 2015 “USA Today” ranked Danbury the No. 2 U.S. city to live in.

Oliver finished his rant with some colorful language and a challenge.

“If you’re from there, you have a standing invite to come get a thrashing from John Oliver — children included,” he said.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton responded in a way residents started to get behind — announcing a plan to name the city’s sewage treatment facility the “John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant.”

“Because it’s full of c**p, just like you, John,” Boughton said in a Facebook post.

But, then the mayor said it was just a joke.

Oliver upped the stakes in a tongue-in-cheek spat. He offered to donate $55,000 to charity if officials followed through on a joke to name the sewage treatment plant after him.

The city accepted the challenge, with one condition – Oliver needed to go to Danbury for the ribbon cutting.

The vote went before the city council and passed – 18 to 1 – to name the waste processing plant after Oliver.

The meeting was held over Zoom and Oliver admitted that he tuned in to watch to see what would happen. Then, on Oct. 10, he came to Danbury.

The donation is expected to benefit Donors Choose, CT Food Bank and Connecticut ALS.

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The husband of Jessica Edwards, a South Windsor mom who was found dead in East Hartford after she was reported missing back in May, is scheduled to appear in court today in connection to her death.

Edwards was reported missing on May 10, 2021.

30-year-old Jessica Edwards, the mother of a 7-month-old baby boy, has been missing for days.

Edwards, a mom to a 7-month-old baby, had been missing for over a week before she was found in a wooded area at the end of Driver Road.


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A vigil will be held for South Windsor mother Jessica Edwards, whose body was found Friday in a wooded area in East Hartford.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Edwards’ death a homicide and said she died of asphyxiation due to compression of the torso and neck.

Edwards’ husband, 22-year-old Tahj Hutchinson, was arrested and faces first-degree manslaughter charges in connection with her death.

Hutchinson initially told police he didn’t know what happened to Edwards, but later admitted he and his wife got into a fight in their condo. He went on to tell officers that at some point, he realized she was no longer breathing, according to the arrest affidavit.

Court documents said Hutchinson backed his Jeep up to the front of their South Windsor condo, put Edwards’ body into the back of the SUV, and drove to a “random GPS” location to put the body while on his way to the East Hartford Police Department.

Hutchinson last appeared in court on May 24 where his bond was set at $1.5 million.

The husband of missing South Windsor mother Jessica Edwards was arrested in connection with her death and will appear in court today.

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Cities across Connecticut are gearing up for the 2015 Fourth of July Celebrations. Dates and times may change due to inclement weather.

Bridgeport
Date: July 4
Time: After the baseball game
Location: Bluefish Stadium

Bristol
Date: July 3
Time: After the Bristol Blues game
Location: Muzzy Field

Date: July 4
Location: Lake Compounce

Canaan
Date: July 18
Time: Dusk
Location: Lawrence Field

Danbury
Date: TBD

Darien
Date: July 3
Location: Darien High School

Derby
Date: July 2
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Downtown Derby and Downtown Shelton

East Haven
Independence Day Fireworks-Beach Party
Dates: June 29
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Cosey Beach Avenue

Enfield
Independence Day celebrations
Dates: July 10, 11, 12 
Time: 9:45 p.m. on Sunday
Location: Town Green

Fairfield
Firework Display
Date: July 3 (Rain Date: July 4)
Time: 9:15 p.m.
Location: Penfield or Jennings Beaches

Greenwich
Date: July 3
Time: 9:10 p.m. 
Location:  Binney Park 

Greenwich
Date: July 3
Time: 9:35 p.m. 
Location: Greenwich Point Park

Groton
Annual Fourth of July Parade
Date: July 4
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Poquonnock Plains to Groton Shopping Plaza

Guilford
Community Picnic and Fireworks
Date: July 11
Time: Dusk
Location: Guilford Fairgrounds

Hartford/East Hartford
Firework Display
Date: July 11
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford, Great River Park in East Hartford

East Haven
Beach Party/Fireworks
Date: June 29
Time: Vendors at 4 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m.
Location: Cosey Beach

Griswold
Date: Aug. 15
Time:
Location: Ashland Pond

Guilford
Date: July 11
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Guilford Fairgrounds

Killingly
Date: July 3
Time: 9:15 p.m.
Location: Owen Bell Park in Dayville

Madison
Date: July 3
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Madison Surf Club

Manchester
Date: July 3
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Manchester Community College

Meriden
Date: July 2
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Hubbard Park

Middlebury
Date: July 4
Time: 10 p.m.
Location: Quassy Amusement Park

Middletown
Date: July 3 (Rain date: July 5)
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Connecticut River/Harbor Drive Area

Naugatuck
Fireworks Display and Celebration
Date: July 2
Time: 6 p.m. (celebration), 9:15 p.m. (fireworks)
Location: Old Firehouse Road

New Britain
Date: July 4
Time: 9:15 p.m.
Location: Stanley Quarter Park

New Britain
Date: July 5
Time: After the Rock Cats Game
Location: Rock Cats Stadium

New Canaan
Date: July 4
Location: Waveny Park 

New Haven
Date: July 4
Rain Date: July 5
Time: 9:15 p.m.
Location: Wilbur Cross High School Field

New London
Sailfest
Date: July 11
Location: 24 Eugene O’Neill Drive

New London
Ocean Beach Park 75th Birthday
Date: July 24
Time: Event starts at 7:30 o,n,
Location: Ocean Beach Park

New Milford
Fireworks Display
Date: July 3
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Still Meadow on Fort Hill Road

Newington
Independence Day extravaganza
Date: Saturday, July 18
Time: Dusk
Location: Mill Pond Park

Norwalk
Fireworks Display
Date: July 3
Time: Dusk
Location: Calf Pasture Beach

Norwich
Norwich Harbor Fireworks
Date: July 2
Time: Dusk
Location: Howard T. Brown Memorial Park

Norwich
Norwich Harbor Fireworks
Date: July 2
Time: Dusk

Location: Howard T. Brown Memorial Park

Orange
Date: July 5
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road

Putnam
Date: July 11
Time: Sundown
Location: Rotary Park on Kennedy Drive

Rowayton
Date: July 4
Time: 9:15 p.m.
Location: Bayley Beach

Simsbury
Celebrate America
Date: July 3 (Rain date: July 4)
Time: After the 7:30 p.m. concert, around 9:30 p.m.
Location: Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows

Stafford Springs
Fireworks display
Date: July 3
Time: End of show
Location: Stafford Motor Speedway

 

Stratford
Fireworks display, concert
Date: July 2 (Rain date: July 6)
Time: Concert at 7 p.m. Firework after sunset
Location: Short Beach Park

Unionville
Tunxis Hose Carnival
Date: July 10
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Unionville School

Vernon
July in the Sky
Date: July 2 (Other rain date: July 3)
Time: 9:40 p.m.; gates open at 6 p.m.
Location: Henry Park

Wallingford
Date: July 11
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Sheehan High School

Washington
Date: July 4
Time: After sunset
Location: Shepaug Valley School

Waterbury
Date: Postponed to Sunday, July 5
Time: 9:20 p.m.
Location: Holy Land USA

West Haven
Savin Rock Fireworks
Date: July 3
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Bradley Point

Weston
Date: July 4
Time: 9:20 p.m.
Location: Weston Middle School

Westport
Firework display
Date: July 3 (Rain date: July 6)
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Compo Beach

Wilton
Fireworks display
Date: July 4
Time: 9:30 p.m. 
Location: Wilton High School Football Field/track

Windsor Locks
Fireworks display
Date: July 10
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Veteran’s Memorial Park

Source: www.nbcconnecticut.com

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