Coronavirus Resource Center
What Connecticut Needs To Know
Connecticut Public is continually updating this page with the most recent information about the COVID-19 virus, its spread, vaccination, and what you can do to keep yourself and those around you healthy.
State & Federal Recommendations
- All Connecticut residents ages 5 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Find details on where to get a vaccine here.
- Connecticut's statewide mask policy dictates masks be worn in schools, if required by local school board or similar authority. Private businesses and state and local governments also have the option of requiring masks to be worn inside of their establishments (including private retail stores, government office buildings, correctional facilities, etc.) Get more information here.
- The Connecticut Department of Public Health has provided locations, and hours for mobile pop-up clinics along with other locations offering COVID-19 booster shots in the state.
- Want to know if you need a booster? Check out the CDC's chart breaking down whether you're up to date with your vaccine and booster.
- The Centers for Disease Control have released a COVID-19 Community Levels tool, and has updated their guidance based on whether a Community Level is Low, Medium, or High. Find out about your community here.
- The Biden-Harris administration has released a seven-point plan to beat COVID-19, focused on free testing available to all Americans, effective and equitable distribution of vaccines, evidence-based guidance for states and communities on navigating the pandemic, and ensuring the safety of older Americans and other high-risk individuals. Learn more about the Biden-Harris plan to beat COVID-19.
In Connecticut, 95% of the state's entire population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, 80.1% are fully vaccinated, and 52.6% have a booster shot according to CDC data.
Households in the U.S. will receive eight test kits via the U.S. Postal Service. The release comes as cases have risen over 60% in the U.S. over the past two weeks.
Fewer students are enrolling in Connecticut public pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms. But state education officials said this is a trend that’s been happening since before the pandemic.
The Freddy Fixer parade has been a source of pride in New Haven’s Black community since 1962. But the pandemic posed a serious threat to arts and cultural organizations, stopping public events and pausing traditional fundraisers. And though the nation has slowly reopened, even as COVID positivity rates climb again, organizations like this one are still feeling the financial hangover that has come with two years of dormancy.
Even as COVID-19 case rates balloon in Connecticut and elsewhere, restrictions designed to curb the spread of the virus are more relaxed than ever.
More COVID-19 Resources
Distance Learning Resources
While Connecticut has reopened schools full time, part of that plan involves hybrid learning models, using both in-person and at-home classes. Below are resources available to both children and parents, as well as educators, to help encourage distance learning, as Connecticut's classrooms continue to be reimagined.
- Department of Education: The Connecticut Department of Education has shared helpful resources for families and educators, reflecting the latest state guidance for continued learning.
- Thinkalong.org: Using trusted source materials from PBS, NPR and local public media stations, Thinkalong is a free program that helps students think critically about media, develop informed opinions, and practice respectful, civil discourse.
- PBS Learning Media: CPTV and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactive lesson plans, and more for teachers.
- PBS Kids: The CPTV PBS Kids 24/7 channel provides PBS Kids’ high-quality content is available to all children and caregivers on a platform and at a time that works for them, including prime time, weekends, and other out-of-school times when they are most likely to tune in. The live stream includes a first-of-its kind integrated games feature, enabling children to toggle between a PBS Kids show and an activity that extends learning – all in one seamless digital experience.
Get more educational (and entertaining!) learn-at-home resources for students, families, and educators from Learn At Home from Connecticut Public.
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