HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) — Connecticut’s COVID-19 positivity rate rose to its 10-month high.
Nations around the world are racing to determine how many cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant they have as fears of the new tension force governments to close borders and rethink restrictions.
Tuesday’s reported positivity rate was nearly 6 percent.
Gov. Ned Lamont and health experts urged people to get vaccinated or get a booster vaccination if they haven’t already.
“I have been vaccinated, [my] family has been vaccinated,” said Brian Goodrich of Rocky Hill.
Goodrich said he isn’t too concerned about the recent COVID spike, especially as his family has started getting their booster shots.
“My wife got hers,” he said. “I wasn’t eligible at the time they messaged me, but I am now.”
With the holiday season in full swing and the cold weather forcing people inside, Connecticut is seeing an increase in COVID cases.
“I think for us the spike is a sign that we need to stay vigilant in what we’re doing,” says 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 rising numbers should be a wake-up call.
“Get vaccinated, if you haven’t been vaccinated yet. If you’ve been vaccinated and you’re 6 months or older, take your booster,” Chiasera said.
A number of clinics are planned around the state:
- Chesprocott Health District is excited to announce their new Pfizer Booster clinics! Anyone who meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for booster shots is welcome at our clinics. CHD has launched a new online appointment booking system to increase access to vaccinations. Those who qualify for a Pfizer vaccination (first, second or booster dose are all welcome) or who require a flu shot can make their own appointment on our website www.chesprocott.org, on our Facebook page or call our office 203-272 2761.Clinics will be held at Holy Theotokos & St Athanasius (former Epiphany Church) Church at 1750 Huckins Road, off Old Waterbury Road from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM on December 1 and December 15.
- West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District offers Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, booster shots, and supplemental doses for adults ages 18 and older. Pre-registration is not required. Wednesday, December 1, 3-6pm – Conard High School, 110 Beechwood Road
- CCSU – Receive your first, second, or booster shot of the COVID19 vaccine on December 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hilltop Café. Vaccinations are free. Bring ID, insurance card if you have one, and proof of vaccination to get the booster or second dose.
The new omicron variant has not yet been discovered in the US, and scientists are still investigating how contagious and deadly it can be.
It adds to vigilance across the state as we head into the next holiday season.
“A lot of the positivity was before the Thanksgiving holiday, and now everyone is coming back to campus, to school, to work, after spending time with family. The concern is that, at least in the medical community, we , will see many more cases of COVID,” said Dr. Sharon Stoll, Yale School of Medicine.
Stoll suggested that people continue to wear masks indoors, especially if they don’t know the status of those around them.
“The sooner we can get this pandemic under control with vaccinations, the better off we will be in the coming months,” she said.
Experts said they should learn more about the ommicron variant later this month.