Governor Lamont Announces First Confirmed COVID-19 Omicron Variance Case in Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Public Health is opening mobile booster clinics across the state
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in Connecticut. Sequencing performed at the Connecticut State Public Health Laboratory confirmed the presence of the variant.
The case involves a man in his 60s from Hartford County who developed mild symptoms on November 27th. A COVID-19 test at home was positive on November 29 and a subsequent molecular test was positive on December 1. A family member traveled to New York City between November 17 and November 22 to attend the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Javits Center. This family member developed mild symptoms on November 21 and took a COVID-19 test at home on November 23 that gave a positive result. The family member’s symptoms have disappeared. COVID-19 testing on additional family members awaits. The affected individual and their family member are fully vaccinated.
“As I have said in recent days, given the speed with which this new variant has spread around the world and its positive identification in several states, we assumed that it was already in our state and the information we received from the laboratory. today confirms this fact, ” said Governor Lamont. “This is probably not the only case of the variant in the state. That said, I must urge everyone in Connecticut not to panic. While we are still learning more about this variant, our health care providers continue to do their best to “We have life-saving tools like vaccines and boosters available to combat this pandemic – including the Delta and Omicron variants – and I urge everyone to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and everyone around them.”
“I am so proud of the work done by members of the State Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Jafar Razeq and the Connecticut Department of Public Health epidemiologists under the direction of Dr. Matt Cartter and Dr. Lynn Sosa,” It said the Connecticut Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Manisha Juthani. “The isolate was found, sequenced and confirmed as Omicron within a day. This team was able to complete the investigation in a timely manner. Given the number of states that have identified Omicron to date, it was only a matter of time before we also identified it here in Connecticut.Although Omicron appears to be more contagious than the Delta variant, both affected individuals have had mild symptoms to date.This is reassuring as their immunity appears to be helping them fight this infection. “Vaccination and boosters are still our biggest offense. If we can keep people out of the hospital and reduce the morbidity and mortality of COVID-19, it is still a benefit for vaccines in our community.”
Instructions on how to get COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters in Connecticut are available at ct.gov/covidvaccine.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health also announced today that it has opened mobile COVID-19 booster clinics across the state. The department continues to encourage residents to receive booster doses as soon as possible.
The mobile booster clinics are currently operating in the following locations:
- New Haven: New Haven Public Library, 7 days a week, 10am to 4pm – No appointment required
- Stamford: Jackie Robinson Park, 7 days a week, 10am to 4pm – No appointment required
- Trumbull: Trumbull Mall, Friday to Sunday, at 11am to 3pm – No appointment required
- Waterbury: 910 Wolcott St, 9a-3p Saturday and 8a-12p Sunday – no appointment required
- Windsor locks: Bradley Airport, Thursday through Sunday, at 11am to 7pm – No appointment required
For a complete list of walk-up clinics sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, visit portal.ct.gov/vaccine-portal/DPH-van-clinics. In addition to multi-day clinics, there are many one-day pop-up clinics across the state.
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