Thumbs up to the hundreds of people who turned out in Newtown Friday night for a march and rally to end gun violence. The event was held to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and took place in the wake of the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. Such reminders of the events of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy of Dec. 14, 2012 can’t be easy for many of the people in the crowd, but the demonstration was also an illustration of their resolve to help bring change to the nation.
Thumbs down to new data that suggests Connecticut has been hit even harder by COVID-19 than previously believed. Officially, the state has documented 10,972 COVID-19 deaths since March of 2020. But comparing recorded deaths with what is typical during a non-crisis time period also capture fatalities that could be an indirect result of the pandemic. Such statistics are not perfect, but there is a considerable gap between the 2,254 COVID-19 deaths documented in the first two months of the pandemic compared with the 2,900 “excess mortality” cases estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that March and April. Sadly, COVID’s true death toll will never be known.