NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Mayor Justin Elicker announced new initiatives to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Elm City.

The announcement comes as cases surge to a nine percent daily positivity rate.

On Monday, the city suspended all in-person services at New Haven senior centers, non-school-based in-person youth programming, and will stop scheduling new, in-person events through the public library.

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City Hall and the Hall of Records will continue in-person services, but the public is being strongly encouraged to make appointments first.

Cars started lining up at the Sargent Drive testing location at 8 a.m. as people were hoping to set their minds at ease.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal was there to help spread the word about stopping the spread.

“I am recommending and calling for a pandemic testing general,” Blumenthal said. “That will use the Defense Production Act to make these tests in much greater numbers.”

Elicker released a statement saying, “My hope is that we’re able to restore these services in a timely manner, but we will be watching the numbers closely and will make a decision informed by data. We need more folks to get vaccinated, and importantly, get a booster if you’re eligible.”

This comes as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports the omicron variant is responsible for 73% of all new infections last week.