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Hartford to expand COVID-19 precautions and safety following red alert status


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The governor has named 11 cities and towns where COVID numbers are on the rise, giving them the status of “Red Alert.”

On Friday, at Hartford City Hall, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that the city is going to be beefing up its track and trace program, which is already very robust.

They are also working to stem COVID-19 as the numbers are flaring up in Hartford, along with a dozen or so other cities and towns around the state that are turning in the hotspots.

“That alert should highlight for everybody and Hartford and beyond that the threat of the virus remains real and it is in the community,” Bronin said.

Hartford leaders know a lot about COVID, and where it is in the community because they are heavily testing their citizens. They have eight mobile testing centers at Hartford public schools along with 12 fixed testing centers station throughout the city.

“We are also currently testing more residence than any other city in the state.”

Windham is also on the alert list, announcing they’re going back to Phase 2, as their numbers have jumped along with many other towns and cities in Eastern Connecticut.

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“When you see that there is an alert for your community, the first thing you should think is, ‘What can I do?'”

So, one of the important things the mayor said you need to do is wear your mask when you’re within 6 feet of someone. Also, wash your hands and do the social distancing because there are people out there who are fighting it and sending the numbers in the wrong direction.

The new alerts could impact the travel advisory.

Since June, the tri-state has been issuing a travel advisory for other states. To date, nearly 40 states and territories qualify.

Now Lamont said he might have to make changes to the travel advisory because it would be ironic for the state to qualify for its own advisory. Those changes could mean all travelers would have to test negative or quarantine.

A handful of protesters stood out in front of Trader Joe’s in West Hartford wearing gas masks and hazmat suit’s, mocking people for wearing masks. The top of this father and son, both who have pretty severe medical conditions.

“I think there is a lot of people walking around that have comorbidities, including my son here, my wife myself, and what’s the problem? People stop at red lights we work together that way, why can’t we wear masks?

And contact tracing has shown mask-wearing is highly effective, and that right now you are more likely to get COVID from someone you know that a restaurant or movie theater.

“The biggest driver of transmission or informal gatherings, whether it is larger family gatherings whether it is groups of friends.”

So, Bronin said they are having somewhat better results with the track and trace, but they’re still asking people to please answer the phone and answer the questions honestly and quickly when the track and trace counselors call. That way, they can get people into quarantine as soon as possible.

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