Six CT counties in ‘high’ category for COVID-19

HARTFORD, Connecticut (WFSB) – Six Connecticut counties are now in a “high/orange” category for COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Only Fairfield and New London counties are listed in the medium/yellow category, according to information released Friday by the state’s Department of Public Health.

The Department of Public Health said this means that people living in the high/orange categories in Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, Tolland and Windham counties should wear a mask in public, stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. Additional precautions may be required for residents at risk of developing severe disease.

The COVID-19 Community Levels Map, launched in late February, informs the CDC’s recommendations for prevention measures, such as concealment and testing. The instructions include a color-coded scheme available on the CDC website for low, medium, and high.

This approach focuses on preventing hospitals and health care systems from being overwhelmed and directing prevention efforts toward protecting people at high risk of serious illness, the Department of Public Health said.

“This latest update is not surprising given the path that the latest Omicron sub-variant is taking,” said Manisha Gothani, the Connecticut administration’s public health commissioner. And I cannot stress enough that the anti-virus tools exist and are easily accessible. These include vaccines, first and second boosters, site testing and treatments, self-tests, and state-supported testing.”

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