The biggest upcoming event on the horizon for me is a special session scheduled to convene on Monday, September 27 to address the Governor’s request to extend the declaration of public health and civil preparedness emergencies until February 15, 2022.
The newsletter this week includes two videos, both initially broadcast via Facebook Live. The first is the usual weekly update (done on Wednesday), and the second (from Thursday night) is a conversation with Dr. Paul Nee, an infectious disease specialist with Nuvance Health, and Dr. Suzanne Lefebvre, a pediatrician with Nuvance Health who serves as the medical advisor to both Region One Schools and the Kent School. It was an informative conversation and I hope it helps clarify what’s happening right now at hospitals and schools with respect to COVID-19 infections, vaccines, and boosters.
Over the past week, I have had many conversations about conversation itself, and how hard it can be at this moment fraught with anxiety and division. Fueled in part by the pandemic’s continued presence (in light of our hopes that it would be behind us by now), I have heard a lot of stories about conflicts escalating, and even routine communication turned hostile.
The last week or so has been characterized by a series of extreme events. The weather included a near miss from Hurricane Henri, and heavy rains dumped throughout the state by Henri’s sister Ida. Those rains produced extensive flooding throughout the region, and caused the tragic death of State Trooper Brian Mohl whose car was swept away in rushing water.
Yesterday was the third Thursday in four weeks that found me driving back home after travel that took me out of Connecticut, and I was reminded once again of how special our part of the world is, and how grateful I am that we were spared the wrath of Hurricane Henri.
Last night I returned from my longest road trip of the summer, driving with my eldest daughter who is moving back from Minneapolis to attend graduate school in New England. I enjoyed the trip, but it also felt very good to arrive home, watching the landscape become more familiar as we approached.
I hope you are all finding respite from this week’s heat. I’ve definitely adjusted (and limited) my morning run, kept lots of water on hand, and sought out shade where possible. Overall, slowing down a bit where you can, and looking out for neighbors and co-workers, will help us all make it through this (and the next) heat wave.