Entire state in medium or high category for COVID levels

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their map of COVID-19 community levels on Thursday evening.

According to the State Department of Public Health, it had only been a week since only 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 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 aims to prevent hospitals and health care systems from being overwhelmed and to focus prevention efforts on protecting those at high risk of serious diseases.

“This latest CDC update reminds us that Connecticut is in the midst of a swell of a subvariant of omicron,” said Manisha Juthani, MD, commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health. “DPH has been preparing for this since the end of March. And all the tools are in place — including vaccines and second boosters, test-to-treat sites, therapies, self-tests and state-sponsored tests — to curb the severity of this disease. Residents must follow the CDC guidelines for their respective province.

Connecticut counties listed in the High/Orange category include:

  • Hartford County
  • Middlesex County
  • New Haven County

The DPH said county residents should wear masks indoors in public, stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, and get tested if they have symptoms. Additional precautions may be needed for residents at high risk of serious illness.

Connecticut counties listed in the Medium/Yellow category include:

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

Residents at high risk of serious illness in these counties should talk to their health care providers about when to wear a mask and take other precautions. These residents should also stay on top of COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms, the DPH said.

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