Local COVID cases continue upward climb



The state’s most recent COVID-19 report, which includes two weeks of data, showed 340 positive cases in Berlin, which kept the community in the coronavirus red zone. The trigger for top-of-the-chart red status starts at 15 cases per 100,000 people per day. In the previous report, Berlin had 230 cases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Symptoms may include fever or chills, coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Hartford HealthCare has opened COVID-19 testing trailers at locations in Bridgeport, Torrington, Newington and New Britain. On Friday, Jan. 7, the network announced a plan to put a trailer at MidState Medical Center in Meriden and two other sites were on the schedule to open this week.

“Testing has become essential and limited,” said Dr. James Cardon, Hartford HealthCare’s chief clinical integration officer. Testing is for symptomatic and non-symptomatic patients, by appointment only. The centers will be open seven days a week and staffed by three health care workers who will supervise self-testing. All tests are nasal swab PCR tests.

Health officials encourage people to wear masks indoors and social distance if among unfamiliar people.

They are also encouraging people to get their first vaccine and boosters if their second shot was more than six months ago. 

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