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Coronavirus Latest: Date Set For COVID-19 Vaccine In N.Y.; Enrollment Dips At Private Colleges

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Jane Barlow
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AP

Here's the latest on the coronavirus outbreak in the region:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will receive the 170,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer on December 15, once it receives FDA authorization. Cuomo anticipates 40 million doses to be needed to cover all New Yorkers. The state expects additional doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by the end of this month.

On Long Island, the seven-day positive COVID-19 test rate increased to 4.18%. The rest of New York is at 4.19%. However, the state and Suffolk County daily positive test rate neared 5% for the first time since May. The seven-day positive test rate in Connecticut is 5.31%, according to data provided by the state.

Data shows that trends of lower enrollment and significant financial distress in Connecticut’s state university and college system are also the experiences of the state’s 15 non-profit, private colleges.

Hearst Connecticut Media reports private college enrollment is down 4%, according to the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges. That slashes tuition revenues at a time when college spending has spiked to handle safe re-openings during the pandemic.

A few private colleges have bucked the trend with small enrollment gains, including University of New Haven, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield University and Quinnipiac University.