CONNECTICUT — Some orange has returned to the state’s “red zone map” as Connecticut’s infection rate and positive test rate continue to decline.
Most of Connecticut remains at the highest warning level, but fourteen communities have made movement in the right direction. For the period between Jan. 24 and Feb. 06, Redding, Kent, Deep River, Barkhamsted and Salisbury joined the ranks of the Orange Zone, an infection level not seen in the state for months.
Lyme, Scotland, Bridgewater, Hartland, Norfolk, and Cornwall join Canaan, Kent, Union and Warren at the lowest alert level.
Towns are listed in the red zone when they exceed 15 daily cases per 100,000 population over a two-week average.
Connecticut health officials recommend the following for municipalities in the red zone:
- Individuals: Limit trips outside home, avoiding gatherings with non-family members. High-risk individuals should stay home.
- Communities: Cancel public events and limit community gathering points, alert residents via reverse 911 system.
- Organized group activities: Postpone all indoor activities. Postpone outdoor activities where mask wearing or social distancing cannot be maintained at all times.
- Prekindergarten-grade 12 schools: In collaboration with local health department and superintendent, consider more distance learning if cases are greater than 25 per 100,000 residents per day over a two-week average.
The municipalities being hit the hardest on a per capita basis include both small towns and mid-sized cities.
Per capita (average daily cases per 100,000 residents) the towns hit the hardest between Jan. 24 and Feb. 06 are:
1. Sterling: 79.4
2. Bozrah: 76
3. Griswold: 65.3
4. New London: 64.4
5. Hampton: 61.7
6. Killingly: 60.7
7. Meriden: 57.3
8. Roxbury: 56.2
9. Putnam: 54
10. East Haven: 53.8