General Information on COVID-19 in Connecticut
Facts and Information on COVID-19 Variants
The virus that causes COVID-19 is constantly mutating and changing, which leads to new variants of the virus, including those that are classified as variants of concern, or VOCs. VOCs may spread more easily and quickly than other variants, which could lead to more COVID-19 cases.
There are currently several VOC around the world, including here in the United States:
- Alpha variant: first detected in the United States in December 2020
- Beta variant: first detected in the United States at the end of January 2021
- Gamma variant: first detected in the United States in January 2021
- Epsilon variants: two variants were first identified in California in February 2021
- Delta variant: first detected in the United States in March 2021
To learn more about COVID-19 variants, please visit the CDC website.
Facts and Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine
- COVID-19 Vaccine Flyer
- CT DPH COVID-19 Vaccine Facts
- Educational Toolkit for Essential Workers
- Educational Toolkit for Community-Based Organizations
- Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine
Webinar - COVID-19 - Vaccine Hesitancy
For any additional questions, here are the presenters contact information:
Andrea White, Housing Innovations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Marwan Haddad, Community Health Center (CHC): HaddadM@chc1.com
Kasey Harding, CHC: HardinK@chc1.com
Online Resources Especially for Connecticut Residents
- Connecticut - Free Resources to Support Mental Health and Wellness
From New England Mental Health Treatment Technology Transfer Network
- Coping with Corona: Mental Health Supports in a Pandemic
Curated by The Hub/Behavioral Health Action Organization for Southwestern CT
- Digital Social Support and Connection Options
Curated by Toivo/Advocacy Unlimited
- CCAR Additional Recovery Zoom Meetings
Mental Health Resources
- DMHAS Mental Health Resources Flyer
- Managing Anxiety and OCD During a Pandemic - Yale School of Medicine, Psychiatry
- Affirmations for COVID-19 Anxiety
COVID-19 Services For Those Without Insurance
If you do not have health insurance and are in need of COVID-19 testing, treatment or vaccination, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has you covered.
Who can get services?
- Anyone without health insurance, no matter their immigration status
- A social security number and/or government ID may be requested, but is NOT required
- If they request this information, it is only to confirm you do not have insurance
- Accessing services will NOT affect your immigration status and will NOT be shared with immigration agencies
What is free?
- Testing, treatment, and vaccines for COVID-19
- If you receive a bill related to COVID-19 testing, treatment, or vaccination, ask your provider to bill the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program instead of you directly
- If you’ve already paid for COVID-19 testing, treatment, or vaccination and receive a bill, you may be owed a refund; speak to the person or facility who sent the bill for a payment cancellation or refund
- If they still do not cancel the bill or issue a refund, contact the HHS Office of Inspector General Hotline at 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477) or visit https://TIPS.HHS.gov to file a complaint
How is it free?
A federal Uninsured Program covers COVID-19 services to anyone without insurance.
For more information:
For health care providers: https://coviduninsuredclaim.linkhealth.com
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline - Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained support coach.
- Statewide Community Health Resources Hero Hotline (CHR) - Call 1-888-217-HERO - 10 am - 8 pm, 7 days a week; especially for healthcare providers, first responders, grocery store employees, delivery providers and other essential employees and their families, but open to all.
- FEMA COVID-19 Related Funeral Assistance - Beginning April 12, 2021, individuals can call FEMA 1-844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7587) to apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.
- Mental Health Resources for Coronavirus - Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
- Resources to Support Mental Health and Coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Mental Health and COVID-19 Resources from Mental Health America
- Support for Families During COVID-19
- SAMHSA Guide: Survivors of a Pandemic - Managing Stress
- SAMHSA Guide: Tips for Disaster Responders - Understanding Compassion Fatigue
- National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine
Resources for Behavioral Health Providers
Webinar - COVID-19 - Strategies and Techniques for Disaster Behavioral Health Responders
For behavioral health providers maintaining operations during a pandemic.
- Watch! Webinar - COVID 19 – Fear Management, Crisis Communications, and Critical COOP Conc epts
- SAMHSA Virtual Recovery Resources
- CCAR Recovery Zoom Meetings
- Information from AA on Virtual Meetings
- Guidance for People Who Use Substances on COVID-19 (English)
- Guidance for People Who Use Substances on COVID-19 (En Espanol)
- Naloxone Pharmacies in Connecticut
- SAMHSA Guidance for First Responders Administering Naloxone
- FAQs on Substance Use & COVID-19
- Sesame Street Parental Addiction Video Series
- Poster: Stop the Spread of Germs
- External Signage for DMHAS Facilities, STOP! Do not enter this facility if you..., March 16, 2020
- Additional Printable Resources from the CDC
- CDC Facts About COVID-19 Printable Resources
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Printable Resources
- CDC Guides: How to Decrease the Spread
- COACH Program Informational Pamphlet
- Resources Flyer (Individuals & Families) English & Spanish
- Resources Bulletin Board Flyer (Individuals & Families) English & Spanish
- COACH Program Multilingual One Sheet
- Toolkit for Black Communities | Ad Council COVID-19 Initiative
- Black Faith Communities Toolkit | Black Faith Community
- Toolkit for Hispanic Communities | Ad Council COVID-19 Initiative
- Hispanic Faith Communities Toolkit | Hispanic Faith Community
- Community Education Toolkit | Ad Council COVID-19 Initiative
Resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community
- CDC COVID-19 Information in ASL
- National Association for the Deaf
- Yale-New Haven Health Communication Cards
Resources for People with Disabilities
- Best Practices For Virtual Communication for People with Disabilities
- State of CT COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities
Information for Businesses
Department of Public Health COVID-19 Page
Health and Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic
One of the best ways to help slow the spread of the pandemic is to stay informed on the latest information. These health guidelines will help you, your family, and your community stay safe and well.
COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. It is spread mainly from person to person, particularly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.
Everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19. Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more severe illness.
- Health and Safety (ct.gov)
Masks and Face Coverings
Masks that cover the nose and mouth have been shown to be one of the best ways to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, along with hand washing, social distancing, and other safety steps. If someone has COVID-19, even if they don’t feel sick, tiny droplets that contain the COVID-19 virus can come out of their nose and mouth when they breathe, talk, or sneeze. A mask stops those droplets from spreading in the air. A good mask can also help protect the wearer, by filtering respiratory droplets from other people out of the air you breathe in.
- Wearing a Mask in Public (ct.gov)
- How to Wear Masks (CDC)
- How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask (CDC)
Mask Wearing for Children
Kids can help play a part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks in public. To wear a mask, children should be over the age of two, developmentally capable of wearing a mask, and have no health conditions that would make mask-wearing unsafe. If a child is sleeping or incapable of removing a mask on their own they should not wear one.
- Cloth Face Coverings (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Mask-Wearing for Young Children (CT OEC)
- Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in Children (CDC)
- Mask-Wearing Video for Children
- Cloth Face Coverings for Children During COVID-19 (healthychildren.org)
Safer Sex During COVID-19
During the pandemic, its a good idea to limit close contact, including sex, with people outside your household. Any type of in-person sexual activity does carry some risk. But there are ways to have intimate contact and remain connected. If you do have sexual partners outside your household, there are steps you can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19.