COVID-19 INFORMATION

UPDATE August 12: Read the new CDC guidelines for quarantine here.

Isolation is still recommended for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.

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

Date Total Cases in October (confirmed) 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
10/04/2022 51 18,800 226 11.7% MEDIUM
 

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

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 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. 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 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.

 

Testing
COVID-19 tests are available that can test for current infection or past infection.

  • viral test tells you if you have a current infection. Two types of viral tests can be used: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests.
  • An antibody test (also known as a serology test) might tell you if you had a past infection. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose a current infection.

In partnership with the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), the City of Meriden is hosting Wren Laboratories to provide community COVID-19 testing FREE of charge for anyone 5 years and older. They use a saliva-based PCR test. They operate at 13 Orange Street on Thursdays from 3-6pm and on Saturdays from 9am-12pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hartford Healthcare is offering COVID-19 testing at Midstate Medical Center (435 Lewis Avenue) Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 9:00am - 4:00pm. Appointments recommended, but walk-ins will be taken. Make your appointment by clicking here.

 

When to get tested for COVID-19 infection (click on this link or the graphic below):

Click here for a list of testing locations in Connecticut. You can search by zip code.

State Supported Testing Sites- Click Here 
Clarification for COVID-19 testing at State Supported Testing Sites: Persons being tested for COVID-19 at State Supported Testing Sites will be asked for their insurance information but there will be no out-of-pocket expenses.  Additionally, if their insurance does not pay, the individual will not be billed. 
**Note: If individuals do not have insurance, they will be tested and not billed at any of these State Supported Testing Sites.**

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.

Did you test positive?

Use the CDC Isolation calculator to determine how long you will need to stay at home. 

Contact Tracing
The Department of Health and Human Services makes call to those with lab-confirmed COVID-19 5 days per week, excluding holidays. The Department employs 3 part-time contact tracers; the Public Health Educator, Associate Director of Health and Director of Health 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. 

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

U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

John Hopkins COVID Map

World Health Organization (WHO)