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Sen. Murphy visits Danbury Hospital to get update on COVID-19 situation

Senator Chris Murphy visited Danbury Hospital yesterday afternoon to thank healthcare workers and to get an update on the COVID-19 situation in Danbury.  Murphy says he's in awe of what frontline healthcare workers are doing in Danbury.

He notes that it's been a really hard time lately as everyone thought we turned a corner on the virus, but now there's another surge.  Murphy added that it's been tough for these workers who have put their health and lives on the line for two years straight.

Murphy told Nuvance Health officials that he wants to be sure Washington D.C. is doing everything they can to support them.  He says it was a good opportunity to learn what hospitals need to get through this winter as staff is stretched incredibly thin.

While there are breakthrough infections, Murphy was told that most of the people in the hospital with COVID-19 are the unvaccinated.  

The Nuvance system has more than 800 staff out with COVID-19 right now. While Murphy says the COVID patient surge is real, they only have 3 in ICU care now, which is positive.

(Photo: Sen. Murphy)

As for the at-home COVID-19 test kits being ordered by the federal government for distribution, Murphy says the President has moved forward with some emergency federal powers to compel more production of these kits.  Demand has been huge, especially over the holidays, but he expects there will be increased supply in the next 30 to 60 days.

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Todd Schnitt

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