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Connecticut Health Commissioner Juthani on possible COVID surge: 'Something may be coming'

Dr. Manisha Juthani at podium
Joe Amon
Connecticut Public
Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani answers questions during an announcement of the state’s rollout of the Screen and Stay initiative for Connecticut schools on Nov. 4, 2021, in Newington, Connecticut.

Connecticut’s Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Manisha Juthani, warned on "All Things Considered" that she's seeing evidence that a coronavirus surge could soon be on the way to Connecticut.

This time, the main threat appears to be the BA.2 omicron subvariant that has come to America after plaguing Western Europe and other regions in recent weeks.

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Juthani said officials have been keeping an eye on the BA.2 subvariant. Her staff has been following virus developments in New York City and monitoring wastewater data in Connecticut, she said.

“We’ve seen an uptick,” Juthani said. “And given that we have seen rises happen in the U.K. and a small potential rise in Connecticut, we just want people to be aware that we may see a rise in our community as well.”

Juthani also spoke about resources available and programs underway to help Connecticut residents prepare.

She said older state residents can protect themselves by following recent advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get a second booster shot.

The BA.2 subvariant accounts for more than half of new coronavirus cases around the country.

John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. He's proud to be a part of the team that won a regional Emmy Award for The Vote: A Connecticut Conversation. In his 21st year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.
Matt Dwyer is an editor, reporter and midday host for Connecticut Public's news department. He produces local news during All Things Considered.

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