Connecticut’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate Hits Highest Level in 10 Months | Connecticut News
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Connecticut’s COVID-19 positivity rate has reached its highest level in 10 months.
The positivity rate reported on Tuesday was nearly 6%.
Governor Ned Lamont and health experts have urged people to get the shot or booster shot, if they haven’t already.
“I am vaccinated, [my] family is vaccinated, âsaid Brian Goodrich of Rocky Hill.
Goodrich said he was not too concerned about the recent COVID spike, especially as his family began receiving his booster shots.
âMy wife got hers,â he said. “I was not eligible when they sent me the notice, but I am doing so now.”
As the holiday season is in full swing and cold weather forces people to stay indoors, Connecticut is seeing an increase in COVID cases.
“I think the spike is a sign for us that we have to stay vigilant in what we are doing,” said Dr Janelle Chiasera, dean of the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University.
Chiasera said people shouldn’t panic, especially since Connecticut has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. However, she said the increase in numbers should be a wake-up call.
âGet vaccinated, if you haven’t been. If you’ve been vaccinated and you’re 6 months or older, get your booster, âChiasera said.
A number of clinics have been scheduled across the state:
- The Chesprocott Health District is thrilled to announce its new Pfizer recall clinics! Anyone who meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for booster shots is welcome to visit our clinics. CHD has launched a new online appointment booking system to increase access to vaccinations. People eligible for a Pfizer vaccination (first, second or booster dose are welcome) or in need of a flu shot can make an appointment on our website www.chesprocott.org, on our Facebook page or call our office at 203-272-2761. Clinics will be held at The Holy Theotokos & St Athanasius Church (former Epiphany Church) at 1750 Huckins Road, adjacent to Old Waterbury Road, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in December. December 1 and 15.
- The West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District offers Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, boosters and additional doses for adults 18 years of age and older. Pre-registration is not required. Wednesday December 1 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Conard High School, 110 Beechwood Road
- CCSU – Get your first, second or booster shot of the COVID19 vaccine on December 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hilltop CafÃ©. The vaccines are free. Bring your identity document, an insurance card if you have one and proof of vaccination to receive the booster or the second dose.
The new omicron variant has yet to be detected in the United States, and scientists are still studying how contagious and deadly it could be.
It adds to the vigilance across the state as we head into the next holiday season.
âMuch of the positivity rate was before the Thanksgiving vacation, and now everyone is coming back to campus, to school, to work, after spending time with extended family. The problem is, at least in the medical community, that we’re going to see a lot more cases of COVID, âsaid Dr. Sharon Stoll, of the Yale School of Medicine.
Stoll suggested that people continue to wear masks indoors, especially if they are unaware of the status of those around them.
“The sooner we can bring this pandemic under control through vaccinations, the better off we will be in the months to come,” she said.
Experts said they should learn more about the omicron variant later this month.