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 Restrictions and Recommendations
- In November 2021, it was announced that all individuals who are 5 years of age or older and live, work, or attend school in Connecticut are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about the State of Connecticut's latest guidelines.
- In November 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. Most Children and All Teens Can Get COVID-19 Vaccines.
- In December 2021, the CDC updated its vaccine booster shot recommendations, noting that previously vaccinated people 18 and older should get a booster shot, and teens 16 and older who previously received the Pfizer vaccine may also get a booster shot. It also updated its recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines with a preference for people to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, as opposed to Johnson & Johnson).
- In January 2022, the CDC made additional recommendations that some immunocompromised children aged 5–11 years old receive an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to complete the primary series (a total of three doses).
- CDC now recommends booster shots at 5 months after the completion of the primary series of Pfizer-BioNTech. Recommended interval for J&J vaccine (2 months) and the Moderna vaccine (6 months) has not changed. Learn more about this CDC booster recommendation.
- Stay up to date by accessing additional CDC guidelines.
- 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.
- 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, 92.3% of the state's entire population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 76.4% are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.
Health care experts disagree on what the future of the pandemic looks like, but there is a consensus that COVID-19 will not go away for good.
The White House launched two new efforts to help Americans get free access to rapid COVID tests. It's still hard to find tests, and reimbursement for tests bought at a store isn't necessarily easy.
Connecticut’s daily test positivity rate has dropped to 13.29%, according to new data from the Department of Public Health.
Employers are required under Massachusetts state law to file workers' compensation claims, but COVID opened up a big gray area. Companies and insurers are taking advantage of the complexity.
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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