The state’s weekly COVID summary: 937,458 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, with 4,849 testing positive over the last 7 days; the 7-day positivity rate is 12.07%, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) reported.
The state reported 15,130,054 PCR/NAAT tests, with 40,165 residents testing positive over the last 7 days. Hospitalizations total 325. The state reported 34 deaths since Aug. 4, bringing the death total to 11,164.
DPH is releasing weekly COVID reports on Thursdays.
You can still view a county-by-county breakdown of cases here and click on “Daily Data Report.”
Go here for the most up-to-date state information.
NEW – CDC Backs Vaccines For Young Kids
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children 6 months to 4 years of age, under emergency use. About 19 millions children are eligible to receive the vaccine. The Pfizer 3-dose vaccine is available to kids 6 months to 4. The Moderna 2-dose vaccine is for children up to 5.
The backing of CDC Director Rochelle Walensky followed approvals from the agency’s vaccine panel and the FDA.
“The approval of the COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6-months old is another major step forward in the overall vaccine rollout,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani, in a press release.
Options for vaccinating include: some pediatrician offices and local pharmacies. DPH Yellow Van Clinics are located statewide and an updated clinic schedule can be found here or by visiting gov/coronavirus.
Test To Treat Sites For COVID-19
Over 40 Test To Treat sites are open in Connecticut, offering people a way to rapidly access free treatments for COVID-19, according to DPH.
Through the newly launched nationwide Test to Treat initiative, people can get tested and – if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them – fill a prescription from a health care provider, all in one location, according to DPH’s press release. In Connecticut, the sites are located at select pharmacies, urgent care centers and federally qualified health centers.
For the treatments to work they must be started early within 5 days of when symptoms start. You can find a locations here: https://aspr.hhs.gov/TestToTreat/Pages/default.aspx
Those who have difficulty accessing the website can call: 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages – 8am to midnight ET, seven days a week.
The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is also available to specifically help people with disabilities access services. To get help, call 1-888-677-1199, Monday-Friday from 9am to 8pm ET, according to the press release.
Children 5-11 Now Eligible For COVID-19 Booster
The CDC says that children 5-11 years of age should get a COVID-19 booster shot five months after a child completes the vaccine series. Booster shots were already available for children 12 and up.
For the most comprehensive list of vaccine clinics go to ct.gov/covidvaccine
To find a DPH mobile van location go to this link: https://portal.ct.gov/vaccine-portal/DPH-van-clinics?language=en_US
The city of New Haven has a number of vaccine (for all ages) and booster shot clinics scheduled. To view the list of options go here: https://covid19.newhavenct.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccination
Vaccine and booster shots are available at Yale New Haven Health at various locations in its network. For information and to schedule an appointment go here: https://www.ynhhs.org/patient-care/covid-19/Vaccine/get-your-covid-vaccine
St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, has a list of clinics. You can register and view locations here: https://www.trinityhealthofne.org/find-a-service-or-specialty/covid-19/schedule-your-vaccine
Hartford HealthCare has a list of clinics and mobile locations for shots. You can register and view the locations here: https://hartfordhealthcare.org/health-wellness/covid-vaccine
If you are in the UConnHealth network go here: https://health.uconn.edu/coronavirus/covid-vaccine/for information and to setup an appointment.
You can also call 211, the helpline run by United Way to schedule a vaccine or booster appointment.
Text 438829 and put in your zip code to get a list of locations offering COVID vaccines near you.
Second Booster Available For Adults 50 And Older
People over 50 who received received an initial mRNA booster dose at least 4 months ago are eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. Immunocompromised individuals are also eligible.
Nearly 800 locations are available to administer boosters with more than adequate supply of vaccine available. Visit ct.gov/covidvaccine to locate a site near you.
How Many Fully Vaccinated?
As of Aug. 11, 3,050,430 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered; 2,758,135 completed the series of shots; and 1,601,614 were given a first booster and 347,921 a second booster.
The state has added a map outlining distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine by community. View it here: https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/CoVP-COVID-Vaccine-Distribution-Data/bhcd-4mnv/
There are no out-of-pocket costs for those insured in Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant fully-insured plans and all self-funded plans, the state’s insurance commissioner said earlier this year.
Nursing Home COVID Report
As of Aug. 11, there were 4 COVID deaths and 143 cases reported in nursing homes among residents. Among nursing home staff, as of Aug. 11, there were no staff deaths reported; new cases among staff totaled 149. See the Nursing home reports are now issued every two weeks. You can view the data here.
Assisted living facilities are no longer required to report to DPH.
COVID-19 Variant Cases
On Aug. 11, the state reported that the number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) totaled 20,026; the Delta variant (B.1.617.2), totaled 16,289; and the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7) totaled 2,525.
You can track the variants here: https://covidtrackerct.com/
On variants, read the CDC report here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant-cases.html
Want A COVID Test? Your Insurance Company Might Be Billed
As of June 15, federal funding for COVID-19 testing has ended. Yale New Haven Health will continue to provide COVID-19 testing by appointment and your insurance company will be billed for the test. To make an appointment and learn more about the billing go here: https://www.ynhhs.org/patient-care/covid-19/testing/testing-locations
The state has a comprehensive list of locations for COVID testing here: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/COVID-19-Testing
Order FREE COVID-19 Home Tests
You can order up to 8 COVID-19 home tests at this link: https://special.usps.com/testkits
NEW – CDC Relaxes Guidelines For COVID-19
On Aug. 11, the CDC streamlined its guidance on exposure to COVID.
It now recommends:
• If you have COVID, isolate from others for at least 5 days. After 5 days if you are fever-free you can end isolation.
• If exposed to COVID wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and test on day 5;
• Isolate from others when you are sick, awaiting test results;
To read the changes to here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/p0811-covid-guidance.html
Mental Health Services Call 211
Mental health services and programs are available by calling 211 for assistance.
Feeling anxious or depressed? You can call the National Alliance on Mental Illness Connecticut (NAMI-CT) hotline at 860.882.0236. Workers are available to talk live, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NAMI Connecticut offers more than 70 FREE, confidential support groups across the state that are peer-led. They are facilitated by people who have experience with mental health issues. During the current COVID-19 crisis, the support groups have moved online: https://namict.org/find-support/support-groups/
A virtual Family Support Group is held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.; visit https://namict.org/find-support/support-groups/ for details.
Support for the LGBTQ+ community here: https://nomatterwhatrecovery.com/trauma-and-the-lgbt-community/
The World Health Organization has information here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
John Hopkins University & Medicine’s experts in global public health and infectious diseases has compiled a website to help advance the understanding of COVID-19. View the website, which includes an interactive map of cases worldwide: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington has a forecasting model of COVID-19 cases here.