Boch Center has tests on site; Vermont Victim Service

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A look at developments related to the pandemic around New England on Sunday:

VERMONT

A coalition of Vermont faith groups were holding a Sunday memorial service on the Statehouse lawn to honor Vermonters who have died from COVID-19.

Vermont Interfaith Action was hosting the 3 p.m. event, which was to include a reading ceremony for the names of everyone who died from the virus.

“We have all suffered so much during this pandemic,” Reverend Debbie Ingram, executive director of Vermont Interfaith Action, said in a statement. “This is the time to honor those who are lost and to begin to heal as a community.”

Participants were encouraged to wear masks and to physically distance themselves during the event.

Vermont reported 210 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, for a total of more than 31,630 cases since the start of the pandemic. A total of 41 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, including 12 in intensive care, according to the Vermont Department of Health.

The seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Vermont has increased over the past two weeks, from 149.86 new cases per day on September 3 to 203.86 new cases per day on September 17. The seven-day moving average of daily deaths in Vermont has increased over the past two weeks, from 0.86 deaths per day on September 3 to 1.57 deaths per day on September 17.

The AP uses data collected by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure the number of cases and deaths related to epidemics in the United States.

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MASSACHUSETTS

Boston’s Boch Center is the city’s first performing arts center to offer rapid on-site COVID-19 testing.

Participants must show proof of vaccination or provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of a performance.

The Boch Center held performances on Saturday at the Wang and Shubert theaters and offered rapid tests for $ 30, with results available in 15 minutes. Participants are also required to wear masks.

“You get emotional, I’m almost ready to cry because we’ve been in the dark for almost 18 and a half months,” CEO Josiah Spaulding said.

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CONNECTICUT

The national downturn in the hotel and hospitality industry due to the pandemic has been particularly pronounced in Hartford, especially for hotels that rely on convention and business travel.

The occupancy rate of downtown hotels in the first seven months of this year was around 30% compared to 68% in 2019, the Hartford Courant reported.

A downtown Homewood Suites closed last year and converted to rental, and the 392-room Hilton Hartford, located next to the XL Center, tried unsuccessfully to sell last year and is currently considering converting some of home ownership. A former Red Lion hotel is considering converting its entire building to rent.

For the city as a whole, the occupancy rate was 50% for the same period, up from 62% in 2019, and the picture looks more optimistic for small boutique hotels that don’t depend on business travelers.

The state budget for fiscal year 2022 contains $ 30 million in federal pandemic assistance for the hotel and hospitality industry.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

Vaccinations will be a hot topic when New Hampshire lawmakers return to the Statehouse in January.

Friday was the deadline for House lawmakers to table the titles of the bills they draft for the upcoming session. Nineteen of them include the word “vaccination” and 18 others include “vaccine”.

Many appear to be aimed at preventing employers from mandating vaccinations and outlawing discrimination based on vaccination status. Others relate to exemptions from vaccination mandates in schools.

Senators will begin tabling legislation next month.

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MAINE

A total of 1,390 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maine schools have been reported to the state since the start of the school year, according to the Maine Department of Education.

The department released a report on Friday, showing the number of cases reported in the past 30 days to September 15.

Hermon High School reported the most cases with 36 cases, followed by Caribou High School with 35 cases.

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