HARTFORD/LYME/OLD LYME, Conn.-The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed four Connecticut counties — Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex and New Haven County — in the High/Orange category in its latest COVID-19 community levels map.
New London as well as Hartford, Tolland and Windham counties are listed in the Medium/Yellow category.
The COVID-19 Community Levels Map — which launched earlier this year — informs the CDC’s recommendations on prevention measures, such as masking and testing. The guidelines include a color-coded system available on the CDC’s website of “low,” “medium,” and “high.” This approach aims to prevent hospitals and health care systems from being overwhelmed and to direct prevention efforts towards protecting those at high risk of serious illness.
To protect the most vulnerable residents and preserve the capacity of our healthcare system, people living in counties designated as High/Orange are advised to wear a mask indoors in public, stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines and to get tested if they have symptoms. Additional precautions may be required for residents who are at high risk for serious illness.
“We are now witnessing the long-awaited winter surge of COVID-19. With 2023 fast approaching, we are in a much better place with this pandemic than we were in 2020,” said Manisha Juthani, MD, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health. “We have many other tools at our disposal to deal effectively with COVID-19, including updated vaccines and boosters, Test to Treat locations, mobile clinics and the wide availability of COVID-19 self-test kits. 19.”
Commissioner Juthani added that links to all of these resources can be found in the DPH COVID-19 Toolkit at www.ct.gov/coronavirus. Additionally, the federal government has now made available four (4) free self-test kits per household. These free self-test kits can be ordered by visiting www.covid.org/tests.
Residents living in counties designated in the yellow/medium category, which are at high risk of severe illness, should discuss with their healthcare providers when they should consider wearing a mask and any other precautions they should consider taking. These residents should also stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms.
Editor’s note: This article is based on a press release issued on December 30, 2022 by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and sent to LymeLine by Ledge Light Health District.
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