COVID-19 INFORMATION

MERIDEN COVID-19 DASHBOARD (Updated Monday - Friday, except on holidays)

Date

Total Cases in January 2023 (confirmed)

(December - 459 total)

Total Number of Cases (Confirmed and Probable, Cumulative) COVID-19 Associated Deaths (Confirmed and Probable)* Percent Positivity for the Last 7 Days CDC County Transmission Level
1/31/2023 279 20,074 241 8.4% HIGH
*Please note: From CT DPH: Deaths over the past 7 days indicates the number of new COVID-19 associated deaths reported; deaths are reported once weekly. All data in this report are preliminary; data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

In New Haven County, Connecticut, community level is HIGH.

  • Wear a high-quality mask or respirator.
  • If you are at high risk of getting very sick, consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you could be exposed.
  • If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for getting very sick, consider self-testing to detect infection before contact, and consider wearing a high-quality mask when indoors with them.
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, including recommended booster doses.
  • Maintain ventilation improvements.
  • Avoid contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • Follow recommendations for isolation if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • Follow the recommendations for what to do if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

ABOUT COVID-19:

Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people become severely ill.

  • Some people including those with minor or no symptoms may suffer from post-COVID conditions — or “long COVID”.
  • Older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people have died from COVID-19 in the United States.
  • Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe and effective. Vaccines teach our immune system to fight the virus that causes COVID-19.

MERIDEN COVID-19/FLU REPORTS:

Each Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services issues a report on COVID-19 cases, vaccination rates, and other data for our city. We recently started including information on influenza as well. Below are the 2 most recent reports. You can find more COVID-19 data and statistics, including historical data, on the Connecticut Open Data Portal (click the COVID-19 link).

DO I NEED TO ISOLATE IF I TEST POSITIVE?

Yes! If you test positive for COVID-19 you should isolate away from others, regardless of your vaccination status. The CDC has a great isolation calculator to help you determine how long you need to stay away from others. 

If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine but should still take precautions, including wearing a mask and testing.

Questions? Call our Public Health Educator at 203-630-4288.

TESTING:

HOME TEST KITS: Do you have a COVID-19 home test at home? Check the expiration date!  Many COVID-19 test kits have had an expiration date extension through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Click here for the list of expiration date extensions.

Order 4 free COVID-19 home test kits from the federal government here: https://www.covid.gov/tests. Or, call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).

Your insurance company may pay up front or reimburse you for the cost of at-home tests. Please call your insurance company to learn more. 

PCR TESTING: CLICK HERE for the list of COVID-19 testing sites in Meriden. Please call ahead to confirm hours and if there is a charge. Note the free PCR testing site at 13 Orange Street (provided by Wren Labs) closed December 29, 2022.

TEST TO TREAT PROGRAM:  Through this program, people are able to get tested and – if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them – receive a prescription from a health care provider, and have their prescription filled all at one location. Connecticut has more than 40 “One-Stop Test to Treat” sites, located at select pharmacies, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and urgent care centers. People can continue to be tested and treated by their own health care providers who can appropriately prescribe these oral antivirals at locations where the medicines are distributed. Click here for Test to Treat information and site locator. Those who may have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional support locating a Test to Treat site can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages – 8am to midnight ET, seven days a week. The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is also available to specifically help people with disabilities access services. To get help, call 1-888-677-1199, Monday-Friday from 9am to 8pm ET or email DIAL@usaginganddisability.org.

CONTACT TRACING/CASE INVESTIGATION: 

Our office makes call to those with lab-confirmed COVID-19 5 days per week, excluding holidays. The Department employs 2 part-time contact tracers; the Public Health Educator also make calls when needed. Our goal is to reach out to Meriden residents diagnosed with COVID-19 within 24 hours of the case appearing in ContaCT, the state contact tracing computer system. During the interview, you will be asked how you are feeling and given isolation guidance. We will also give recommendations for your household members and other close contacts. If you need guidance regarding a positive home test, please call our Public Health Educator at 203-630-4288.

USEFUL WEBSITES:

Looking for more COVID-19 information? Here are some website to consider. Before you consider vaccine information on the Internet, always check that the information comes from a credible source and is updated on a regular basis.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Connecticut COVID-19 Response

Moderna       Pfizer

World Health Organization (WHO)