The latest booster recommendation for individuals ages 5 years and older is to receive one bivalent mRNA booster after completion of a monovalent primary series. This replaces all prior booster recommendations for this age group.
Numerous variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are being tracked in the United States and globally during this pandemic. CDC is working with public health officials to monitor the spread of all variants and provide an estimate of how common they are in the nation and at the regional level.
Self-tests can also be used as one of many risk-reduction measures, along with vaccination, masking, and physical distancing, that protect you and others by reducing the chance of viral transmission. You can self-test, even if you don’t have symptoms or are fully vaccinated, in order to make decisions that will help prevent spreading COVID-19 to others.
The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.
Testing is available in many locations throughout Connecticut. Anyone experiencing symptoms, or who would like to discuss testing for other reasons (exposure, work related, return to college, etc.), please contact our office to discuss the next steps.
Our office is currently testing symptomatic and asymptomatic patients for COVID-19. Please call our office to make an appointment.
The tests our office uses is a rapid result antigen test and nasal swab PCR test. The sensitivity for the rapid result antigen test is ~85% and 15 minutes to results. The sensitivity for the nasal swab PCR test is ~98% and time to results is currently 1 to 3 days (subject to change).
Serum antibody testing is also NOT recommended for diagnostic purposes, but is being used for those who have had COVID and want to donate plasma or for seroprevalence research purposes. Ongoing validation of Antibody testing continues, dependent upon community prevalence of COVID.
For a full list of up-to-date testing sites accepting patients, please click the link below.
In order to donate, a person must be 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 lbs. (or meet the requirement if older), be in good health, and have a prior verified diagnosis of COVID-19, but are now symptom free and fully recovered. Click on the link below to learn more and to sign-up today.
Household members, intimate partners, and caregivers in a nonhealthcare setting may have close contact with a person with symptomatic, laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or a person under investigation. Close contacts should monitor their health; they should call their healthcare provider right away if they develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, congestion, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat)
Close contacts should also follow these recommendations:
To see the entire web page, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html
Community Responsibility: The CDC and Health Department are trying to limit the spread, or at least slow it down. Self-quarantine, containment areas and social distancing are implemented for that purpose. Please follow the policies and procedures put in place for all our safety
The best way to stay healthy is practicing good hand washing, remembering not to touch your face, and social distancing.