Dr. Anthony Fauci, our national expert on coronavirus and the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joined Governor Ned Lamont via video link during a press briefing this past Monday. Here are some of Fauci’s statements. “Connecticut is in a good place. You are in a situation that you now, in many respects, have the upper hand, because you have such a low rate that when you do get new cases, you have the capability of containment as opposed to mitigation. It is not inevitable that your numbers will go up. You can use the favorable position that you are in now to keep your numbers down.” The Hartford Courant reported that Dr. Fauci applauded Connecticut’s progress so far. Fauci specifically pointed to our continued vigilance on mask-wearing and social distancing. He said that this would help the State avoid a resurgence in cases.

Meanwhile, here is the current situation in Connecticut and closer to Franklin Academy’s campus. Daily statewide positivity rates for confirmed COVID-19 cases ranged from a high of 1.2% to a low of .61% since early July. Yesterday, the State reported a positivity rate of .67 for the past 24 hours. Middlesex County reported eighty-three new cases since July 5. East Haddam had just four new local cases during the same time frame. Dr. Fauci believes our safety protocols are working, providing Connecticut with realistic options as we consider bringing students back to school in September.