COVID-19 INFORMATION

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MERIDEN COVID-19 DASHBOARD (Updated Monday - Friday)

Date Total Number of Cases (Confirmed and Probable) COVID-19 Associated Deaths (Confirmed and Probable) Positivity Rate Town Alert Level (State Alert System) CDC County Transmission Level
05/20/2022 16,883 219 14.8% (up from 11.8% last week) RED HIGH

***MASKS ARE RECOMMENDED IN INDOOR PUBLIC SETTINGS AND ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION DURING HIGH TRANSMISSION STATUS***

About COVID-19
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people can become severely ill. Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions. Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems people can experience more than four weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Older people and those who have certain underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe and effective.

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:

iHEALTH TEST KIT EXPIRATION EXTENSION - Update from Food and Drug Administration (FDA): 

On March 29, 2022, the FDA granted a three-month shelf-life extension for the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test, which extended the shelf-life of all iHealth tests with expiration dates on or before 2022-09-29 (YYYY-MM-DD) from 6 months to 9 months. For example, if the expiration date printed on your box says 2022-05-21 (YYYY-MM-DD), the updated expiration date is 2022-08-21 (YYYY-MM-DD). iHealth will continue to apply to FDA for shelf-life extensions every three months based on their stability studies, and the new shelf-lives for our tests will apply to tests already produced as well as future production. 

 You can look up expiration by lot number, and view the FDA letter here.

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 will be hosting Wren Laboratories to provide community COVID-19 testing FREE of charge for anyone 5 years and older. They will be using a saliva-based PCR test. 

PLEASE NOTE: This testing site is not run by the Meriden Department of Health and Human Services. If you have questions or concerns about your test result, please email Wren at covid@wrenlaboratories.com.

 

 

NEW - 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.

 

Who should get tested for current infection:

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Most people who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
    • Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and fully vaccinated people should be tested 5 to 7 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 10 days or until they receive a negative test result.
    • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not need to get tested following an exposure as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
  • Unvaccinated people who have taken part in activities that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 because they cannot physically distance as needed to avoid exposure, such as travel, attending large social or mass gatherings, or being in crowded or poorly-ventilated indoor settings.
  • People who have been asked or referred to get tested by their healthcare provider, or statetribalor territorial health department.

CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.

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.

 

Contact Tracing
The Department of Health and Human Services continues case investigation and contact tracing 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 when you may have been exposed to COVID-19. We will also ask you about people you were in close contact with, but we will keep your information protected. We will not reveal your name to any contacts you identify. 

Please answer our call! If you are contacted by a contact tracer, it’s important to:

  • Answer the call,
  • Participate in the interview, and
  • Take their advice seriously. 

For questions about contact tracing, please call 203-630-4288.

Announcements and Updates
Below are the latest updates for the City of Meriden:

February 22, 2022: Effective March 1, 2022, face masks will no longer be required to be worn in city buildings. This not not include the Health Clinic at 165 Miller Street (Health Department), which will require masks per Order from the CT DPH Commissioner.

Plan on traveling soon? Review the state of Connecticut travel guidelines here. We also recommend you check with your destination points to see if they have any guidelines or restrictions.

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)