Entire state in medium or high category for COVID levels

HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB) – All eight Connecticut counties are either in the medium or high categories when it comes to COVID-19 community levels.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its COVID-19 Community Levels Map on Thursday night.

Here is the CDC's COVID-19 community levels map as of May 6.
Here is the CDC’s COVID-19 community levels map as of May 6.(covid.cdc.gov)

According to the state Department of Public Health, it was only a week ago that just New London County was listed in the medium/yellow category while the other seven counties were listed in the low/green category.

The COVID-19 Community Levels map, which was launched in late February, informs CDC recommendations on prevention measures, such as masking and testing, the DPH said.

The guidelines include a color-coded system available on the CDC website of “low,” “medium” and “high.” The approach focuses on preventing hospitals and health care systems from being overwhelmed and directing prevention efforts toward protecting people at high risk for severe illness.

“This latest CDC update is a reminder that Connecticut is in the midst of a swell from a subvariant of omicron,” said Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD. “DPH has been preparing for this since late March. And all the tools are in place—including vaccines and second boosters, Test to Treat locations, therapeutics, self-tests and state-supported testing—to help curb the severity of this illness. Residents should follow the CDC guidance for their respective county.”

Connecticut Counties listed in the High/Orange Category include:

  • Hartford County
  • Middlesex County
  • New Haven County

The DPH said residents in the counties should wear a mask indoors in public, stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, and get tested if they have symptoms. Additional precautions may be needed for residents who are at high risk for severe illness.

Hartford’s Department of Health and Human Services Director Liany Arroyo said, “we know that we have more community spread so it was clear that it was going to go up over the next couple of weeks eventually and that’s happened…and I think again that signals for us to take more precautions.”

Connecticut Counties listed in the medium/yellow Category include:

  • Fairfield County
  • Litchfield County
  • New London County
  • Tolland County
  • Windham County

Residents who are at high risk for severe illness in these counties should talk to their health care providers about when they need to wear a mask and take other precautions. These residents should also stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms, the DPH said.

Hartford resident Taquisha Ramos-Huff said, “I am still concerned. Like I stated before, my son has an immune deficiency. He has sickle cell disease so we, my family, we continue to stay masked up and even though he’s seven he knows he has to always wear his mask.”

Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani talks about rising COVID cases in Connecticut.

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