The state’s most recent COVID-19 report, which includes two weeks of data, showed 326 positive cases in North Haven, 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, North Haven had 212 cases.
Connecticut’s daily COVID positivity rate reached 21.5 percent Monday, setting another record, as the highly contagious omicron variant continued its spread throughout the state.
“I know people are scared and are concerned with hearing about a new variant yet again,” Dr. Manisha Juthani, the state’s public health commissioner, said at a press conference in Stamford Monday morning. “The good news is, if you’re vaccinated and particularly if you’re boosted, the majority of people are having mild symptoms.”
“As you heard about what happens with viruses as they adapt over time, they do become more infectious and less virulent,” she said. “But for the unvaccinated, this is still a very serious disease. … Throughout our state, 70 percent to 80 percent of people in the hospital are unvaccinated. The unvaccinated have reason to be scared.”
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.
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.
Information from The Connecticut Mirror was used in this report.