As we near what is traditionally the busiest travel week of the year, state health officials strongly advise residents to refrain from Thanksgiving gatherings.
The guidance applies to those who live in the state as well as visitors planning to celebrate the holiday here in Connecticut. Public health experts fear a bump in COVID-19 cases resulting from multiple member dinners could overwhelm hospitals.
More than 3 million air travelers passed through TSA security checkpoints from Friday, Nov. 20, to Sunday, Nov. 22 — the most of any three-day period during the pandemic.
Every Tuesday, the list of states that require a 14-day quarantine for anyone coming to Connecticut for more than 24 hours or returning home to Connecticut is released.
The U.S. Virgin Islands was added to Connecticut’s coronavirus travel advisory list yesterday. That makes it 48 restricted states and territories:
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Virgin Islands
- West Virginia
According to NBC Connecticut, anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state, other than New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island, with a positive case rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10 percent test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, or from a country for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice is directed to self-quarantine for 14 days from the time of last contact within the identified state or country.
Hispanic – Latino residents have been disproportionately impacted by the virus, an analysis by the Connecticut Data Collaborative revealed how vast that disparity is. The number of Hispanic -Latino residents who died in April almost tripled. Meanwhile, white deaths nearly doubled.
There are 43 more COVID-related deaths and the positivity rate has decreased to 4.8% over the weekend.
The state’s COVID-19 death toll as of Tuesday stands at 4,871.
With nearly 110,000 COVID-19 tests performed over the weekend, 5,271 came back positive.
Connecticut’s average positivity rate over the past week is now 5.5%, which is a decrease from 5.8% on Friday.