Lamont’s press deputy has COVID, but governor is not in quarantine


Rob Blanchard is the press deputy regularly viewed over the governor’s shoulder, as in this pre-COVID photograph.

Gov. Ned Lamont’s deputy press secretary, Rob Blanchard of Middletown, mentioned Sunday he is in quarantine with COVID-19 signs after getting a positive look at various outcome early Saturday and again Sunday.

The governor, who quarantined at domestic for two weeks after his press secretary, Max Reiss, established nice with out ever showing signs, isn’t in quarantine. The usual for a precautionary quarantine is being inside six ft an infected grownup for as a minimum quarter-hour.

Blanchard observed in a cellphone interview Sunday he has no longer been within six ft of Lamont for the reason that the governor returned to the Capitol on Monday at the conclusion of his quarantine. 

safety protocols in the governor’s workplace restrict access to the governor, with chairs stored at a distance during meetings, said Paul Mounds, the governor’s chief of workforce. He noted they are assessing if different team of workers must be quarantined.

With a couple of exceptions, Mounds noted, the governor’s workforce has been working remotely, assembly essentially the use of video conferencing. The State Capitol has been closed to the public on account that mid-March.

Lamont, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and their staffs are validated twice per week, usually on Monday and Thursday. Blanchard’s look at various from Monday became terrible. He changed into informed electronically almost immediately after midnight Friday that his Thursday look at various become superb.

Blanchard, 32, who tries to run daily, worked from domestic on Friday. He ran 6½ miles, despite feeling fatigued, however he awakened Saturday with more indicators, including a deeper fatigue, flu-like aches and the sensation a person changed into sitting on his chest.

A 2d look at various at St. Francis health facility and scientific middle additionally again a positive outcome.

Blanchard is one among just about 128,000 Connecticut residents to check fine for COVID-19 due to the fact that March. Like most of Connecticut, Blanchard’s homeland of Middletown is within the COVID red zone: 160 of the state’s 169 cities and cities with a per-capita COVID-19 caseload of at the least 15 per one hundred,000 residents. Middletown’s current price is 53.6.

As of Friday, there have been 1,a hundred and fifty sufferers hospitalized with COVID-19 in Connecticut, after a modest two-day drop. Of the 27,840 tests returned Friday, there have been 1,538 new circumstances, a positivity expense of 5.52%.

moreover engaged on the governor’s group of workers, Blanchard is politically lively in Middletown. he’s the former Democratic chair and at present is chair of the city’s charter Revision fee.

Mounds introduced Saturday nighttime that a member of Lamont’s body of workers had proven wonderful. Blanchard identified himself as the fine on Twitter on Sunday.