Governor Lamont provides update on Connecticut’s coronavirus response efforts

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05/13/2022

Governor Lamont provides update on Connecticut’s coronavirus response efforts

Last data at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022

(HARTFORD, CT) – As the State of Connecticut continues to take action in response to the global spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates at 3:00 p.m. Friday May 13, 2022:

Connecticut Testing Data Updates

The following is a summary of newly reported data on COVID-19 in Connecticut over the past 7 days.

General summary

Cumulative
(except for the hospital census)

last 7 days*

Positive PCR/NAAT tests

844 039

+10 459

All PCR/NAAT tests

14,249,455

+76 293

Positivity test (pos/all PCR/NAAT)

13.71%

Patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19

323

+84

*This column shows all PCR/NAAT tests by date sampled in the last 7 days. Test positivity is calculated as rolling 7-day test positivity by sample collection date; all positive molecular test (PCR/NAAT) results are divided by all molecular test (PCR/NAAT) results (positive and negative) from the last 7 days and multiplied by 100 to get a percentage. Hospitalizations in the last 7 days indicate the evolution of the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 during this period. Deaths in the last 7 days indicate the number of new deaths associated with COVID-19 reported; deaths are reported once a week.

As of April 4, 2022, negative rapid antigen and rapid PCR test results for SARS-CoV-2 no longer need to be reported to the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Negative molecular laboratory test results (PCR/NAAT) should always be reported, as should all positive molecular (PCR/NAAT) and antigen test results. Positive molecular (PCR/NAAT) and antigenic tests will continue to be used to determine the status of cases.

Of 323 patients currently hospitalized with laboratory confirmed COVID-19, 102 (31.58%) are not fully vaccinated.

Data on deaths associated with COVID-19 is updated once a week every Thursday. The most recently reported total number of deaths is 10,883.

To read the full report – which includes a series of interactive charts and tables that provide additional data on measures related to age, gender, race/ethnicity, municipality, county and other information – visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click on the link labeled “Data Tracker”.

CDC lists six Connecticut counties in the high category in its latest COVID-19 community levels update

On Thursday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed six Connecticut counties in the high/amber category as part of its Map of COVID-19 Community Levels. Only Fairfield and New London counties are listed in the medium/yellow category.

The COVID-19 community levels map, which launched in late February, informs the CDC’s recommendations on prevention measures, such as masking and testing. The guidelines include a color coding system available on CDC website between “low”, “medium” and “high”. This approach aims to prevent hospitals and healthcare systems from being overwhelmed and to direct prevention efforts towards protecting those at high risk of serious illness.

“This latest update comes as no surprise given the trajectory this latest omicron subvariant is taking,” Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani said. “And I cannot stress enough that the tools to fight this virus are in place and easily accessible. These include vaccines, first and second boosters, test places to treat, therapeutic, self-testsand state-backed testing.”

Residents living in the high/orange categories – which include Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, Tolland and Windham counties – should wear a mask indoors in public, stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. Additional precautions may be required for residents who are at high risk for serious illness.

Residents living in Fairfield and New London counties — which are listed in the yellow/medium category — who are at high risk of serious illness in those counties should talk to their health care providers about when they should wear a mask and take other precautions. These residents should also stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms.

Households eligible for Connecticut’s SNAP program will receive additional emergency food benefits on May 18

The Connecticut Department of Social Services announced today that it will provide more than $33.4 million in Supplemental Emergency Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to more than 215,500 Connecticut households on Wednesday 18 May 2022. Monthly SNAP emergency benefit payments go to all enrolled households, based on the continuation of a declared public health emergency related to COVID-19 in Connecticut.

Authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, this federal allocation will provide a minimum of $95 in additional food assistance to all families and registrants, bringing the state’s total emergency SNAP funding to more than 713, $1 million since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically:

  • The 215,500 SNAP-eligible households statewide will receive the emergency benefits on their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards on May 18, 2022.
  • Households already eligible for the maximum monthly SNAP benefit will receive an additional $95.
  • The remaining households who generally do not qualify for the maximum monthly SNAP benefit due to income or other factors will receive additional benefits of at least $95, but an estimated average of $155.40 (depending on their specific benefit situation).
  • With this additional $33.4 million allocation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, emergency benefits total more than $713.1 million in additional SNAP assistance across the country. 25-month statement, with proportional spending at supermarkets, grocery stores, farmers’ markets and other food retailers.
  • The $95 increase results from President Biden’s Executive Order on January 22, 2021, which required the USDA to consider new guidelines allowing states to increase SNAP emergency benefit allocations for all households, including those who were previously ineligible. This increase is expected to continue, subject to continued federal and state public health emergencies.
  • All households also received their normal SNAP benefits, based on the new Thrifty Food Plan amounts, on one of the first three days of the month, as they normally do, according to last name.
  • If a household receives regular SNAP benefits on or after Friday, May 13, the additional SNAP benefits will be added to the EBT card on a Friday, based on the grant date.

For more information about SNAP, visit www.ct.gov/snap.

Providing Information to Connecticut Residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus. Residents can also subscribe to state text alerts by texting the keyword COVIDCT for 888-777.

People with general questions not answered by the website can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual support. Anyone who is out of state or needs a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended for use by people who do not have symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone with symptoms is urged to contact their doctor.

Twitter: @GouvNedLamont

Facebook: Office of Governor Ned Lamont


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