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Covid-19

The information and resources on this page are intended to provide you with general information on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. For Redding COVID-19 data, please visit the Redding Data Page.

Covid-19 Preventative Measures

There is currently no vaccine or antiviral medication to prevent or lessen the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to it. The CDC recommends these everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

  • Stay home if you are sick except to seek medical care.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands after. 
  • Avoid contact with people who may be sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Socially distance by keeping at least a 6ft distance from others. 

Cloth Face Coverings: Governor Lamont’s  Executive Order No. 7BB enacts the following provisions.

Cloth face coverings or higher level of protection are required in public wherever close contact is unavoidable.
Any person in a public place who is unable to or does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet from every other person    shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering. Nothing in this order shall require the use of a mask or cloth face covering by anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition, anyone under the age of 2 years, or by an older child if the parent, guardian or person responsible for the child is unable to place the mask safely on the child’s face.

Testing

2-1-1 COVID-19 Testing Location Map

The CT Department of Public Health recommends the polymerase chain reaction test (PCR). To date it is the most accurate and is considered the “gold standard”. Results for the PCR test usually takes 2-5 days. While waiting for test results one must stay home to prevent possible spread.

The antigen test provides quicker results, however it’s less sensitive and can come back with false negatives and positives. The antigen test, when used, is best when demonstrating symptoms. 

Questions/Call Centers

Call 2-1-1 for general COVID-19 questions
Yale New Haven Call Center – 1-833-ASK YNNH (275-9644)
Hartford Health Care – 1-833-621-0600
Nuvance Health – 1-888-667-9262
Frequently Asked Questions

What to do if… 

I am well…

  • Practice social distancing
  • Stay home as much as possible except to work, pick up essentials, or to receive medical care
  • Maintain a 6 foot distance from others outside of your household

I was exposed to a person with symptoms of COVID-19 or a confirmed case… 

  • Self-Monitor/Self-Quarantine
  • Monitor your temperature twice a day. If you develop a cough, fever and shortness of breath, call your health care provider immediately.
  • Maintain a 6’ distance from other household members and pets.
  • Sleep in a separate bedroom. Stay in that bedroom as much as possible.
  • If available, use a separate bathroom.
  • Do not eat together and do not share utensils, dishes, etc.
  • Wash hands frequently – this is for all household members. Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use tissue for coughing and dispose of promptly and then wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect ‘high touch’ surfaces such as bathroom and kitchen countertops, door handles, faucets, remote controls, light switches, etc.
  • Discourage visitors
  • Unaffected household members who are well have no restrictions on their activity outside of the home. They may go to work, etc.

I am sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or have been confirmed and am recovering at home… 

  • Self-Isolation
  • Stay in your designated room.
  • All members of the household should follow the above guidelines for self-quarantine and should not go to school, work, etc.
  • Masks should be used by both patient and household member when giving care in isolation.How to discontinue home isolation…

How to discontinue home isolation… 

People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:

If you will not have a test, to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:

• You have had no fever for at least 24 hours (1 full day of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND
• other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved AND
• at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

If you will have a test, to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:

• You have had no fever for at least 24 hours (1 full day with no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND
• other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
• you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

Additional resources

For general information about COVID-19, as well as information for healthcare professionals and travelers, please visit the CDC’s website

CDC Webpage on US COVID-19 Coronavirus Activity.  Additional Details on US Cases.

World Health Organization Dashboard on Worldwide COVID-19 Coronavirus Activity

Johns Hopkins University Dashboard of Worldwide COVID-19 Coronavirus Activity

General Tips to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

CDC Interim Guidance for Preventing COVID-19 Coronavirus from Spreading to Others in Homes and Communities

Various COVID-19 Coronavirus Data and Rate Estimates (non governmental/academic website)

CT Department of Public Health COVID-19 Coronavirus Webpage