The state’s weekly COVID summary: 1,027,729 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, with 3,827 testing positive over the last 7 days; the 7-day positivity rate is 15.56%, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) reported.
The state reported 16,026,603 PCR/NAAT tests, with 24,598 residents testing positive over the last 7 days. Hospitalizations total 714. The state reported 37 deaths, bringing the death total to 11,770.
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–Children 6 Months Now Eligible For COVID-19 Omicron Booster; Vaccine Availability
On Dec. 8, the FDA approved emergency use authorization of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 boosters, for children 6 months and older.
Previously the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had approved the use of the omicron COVID-19 booster for children ages 5 through 11 years.
To find a location to receive a vaccination or booster shot go to: the Connecticut vaccine portal: https://portal.ct.gov/vaccine-portal/?language=en_US
or the CDC’s website: https://www.vaccines.gov/search/
CDC Relaxes Guidelines For COVID-19
On Aug. 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) streamlined guidance on COVID exposure. “High level of immunity and availability of effective COVID-19 prevention and management tools have reduced the risk for medically significant illness and death,” the CDC said.
The CDC 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. No isolation required.
• Isolate from others when you are sick, awaiting test results.
To read the new guidance go here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/p0811-covid-guidance.html
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 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.
How Many Fully Vaccinated?
As of Dec. 29, 3,047,694 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered; 2,782,457 completed the series of shots; and 729,356 the new Bivalent 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
From Dec. 22-Dec. 29, there were 7 COVID deaths and 458 cases reported in nursing homes among residents. Among nursing home staff, there were no staff deaths reported; new cases among staff totaled 332. You can view the data here.
Assisted living facilities are no longer required to report to DPH.
COVID-19 Variant Cases
On Dec. 29, the state reported that the number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) totaled 29,499; the Delta variant (B.1.617.2), totaled 17,235; 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
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.