HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Governor Ned Lamont is expected to hold a press conference Monday afternoon to discuss the latest COVID-19 situation in Connecticut.
It comes as COVID cases have increased in the state over the past week.
COVID cases have more than doubled in the past two weeks in Connecticut.
However, doctors say it is not yet necessary to sound the alarm. They expected the cases to increase as winter approached. But they also say it’s a sign that people need to be careful this holiday season.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Connecticut had a seven-day average of just 66 new daily cases per 100,000 people at the end of October.
On Friday, that seven-day average rose to 145 cases per 100,000 people.
According to the New York Times, this is the biggest leap for a state in the country in the past two weeks.
Doctors say we’re in a much better place than we were around this time last year, when cases were rushing towards a winter wave.
While Connecticut remains one of the most vaccinated states in the country, doctors said the spike is a sign people need to continue to follow best practices.
“Vaccination, masking, testing, social distancing would be the best thing, but if that doesn’t happen and you travel, those three things are the solution,” said Dr Ulysses Wu, director of the disease system. infectious diseases for Hartford Healthcare.
“I think we just need to stay vigilant and continue to monitor the numbers,” said Dr. Howard Forman, professor of public health policy at Yale School of Medicine.
When it comes to Thanksgiving, doctors urge people to stay safe, whether you are having a little get-together at home or traveling to see friends and family.
“A lot more people are traveling than maybe last year, and some approaches ensure that you and your family are vaccinated and survey the crowds where you’re going to be,” said Dr Jennifer Martin, Acting Chief Medical Officer at Saint Francis Hospital. .
This includes having small gatherings and maintaining social distancing, even if you are vaccinated.
People should also consider wearing masks indoors and getting tested before any event.
Doctors also stressed the importance of receiving booster shots if it has been more than six months since you had the vaccine.
They say boosting your immunity is the best way to avoid serious illness or death.
“It really is the ultimate goal of vaccination is to keep people out of the hospital, or if they are in the hospital to keep them healthy,” Wu said.
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