HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials expressed concerns Thursday about inconsistent mask wearing and people shunning coronavirus vaccines after 37 people became infected in outbreaks at a summer camp, group home and a party.
Gov. Ned Lamont and acting Health Commissioner Deidre Gifford said most of the people who became infected were not vaccinated and some of them spread the virus to relatives who did not go to those locations. All three outbreaks happened last month.
Lamont and Gifford did not release the locations of the outbreaks. They said they included:
— An overnight summer camp where seven campers, four staff members and two relatives of campers became infected. Of the six infected people who were eligible for vaccines, two were fully vaccinated. Most of the camp’s daily activities were outside, but campers slept inside cabins at night.
— A group home where 14 residents and three staff members contracted the virus. None of the staff members was fully vaccinated, but 12 of the residents were fully vaccinated. Five of the people were hospitalized, including two residents and a staff member who were not vaccinated. Officials said mask wearing was inconsistent at the group home.
— A party attended by 11 people that resulted in five of them being infected. Two relatives of the partygoers also contracted the virus. Six of the seven infected people were not vaccinated, despite being eligible for vaccines. No one wore masks or practiced social distancing at the party, and the outbreak prompted the cancellation of a school’s sports teams practices.
The Department of Public Health said social gatherings involving a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated people should always be held outside, and all indoor gatherings should include masks regardless of vaccination status.