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Hartford HealthCare's Dr. Ajay Kumar Weighs In On Rising COVID-19 Numbers

Drive-through COVID-19 Testing
Ryan Caron King
Connecticut Public Radio
Drive-through COVID-19 Testing

Connecticut’s COVID-19 numbers have been rising. And, as the weather gets colder, safe outdoor options for socializing will become more difficult. How worried should we be about a COVID-19 spike, and what can we do to help prevent it?

This hour we talk with Hartford Healthcare’s Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Ajay Kumar.

Are you worried about a second wave?

First: who are the people in your community that you trust?   The pandemic has taken a huge toll on mental health. But accessing resources can be challenging, and stigma continues to be a barrier.

We hear about an effort in New Haven to recruit trusted community members like barbers or salon owners to help connect residents with mental health resources.


  • Adriane Jefferson - Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs for the City of New Haven
  • Dr. Ajay Kumar - Chief Clinical Officer for Hartford HealthCare
  • Caroline Chen - Health Reporter for Propublica

To register for the mental health training promoted by the City of New Haven here.

Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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