COVID-19 cases are increasing again in CT
Kenneth Baah – Contributor
From the sharp rise in cases in the New London County, to the University of New Haven spike in COVID-19 cases, Connecticut has seen a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases as of late. This has raised some questions and concerns about whether the state will be able to prevent a mass outbreak as the winter and flu season approaches.
However, I think given the resources at hand, Connecticut has done a respectable job, given the circumstances, in containing the virus especially in comparison to other states in the nation. COVID-19 came into the state of CT and it being a new disease brought new fear. Hospitals filled with infected patients and the stockpile for masks and hand sanitizers did become low.
At this point, it is imperative that we follow the safety guidelines, such as wearing masks and social distancing from others. With these in place we can contain any upcoming cases that may come our way.
It is easier said than done, especially with the state currently moving up to phase three of reopening that sees social hubs like bars and clubs reopen again. At the time of writing, there has been a 64 percent increase in cases in the last 14 days, according to the New York Times.
On campus, there has only been a handful of cases and as a result, the campus has been able to stay open so far. Prior to the fall semester, there were many doubts of whether the campus should even be open in the first place.
The randomized testing has proven to be very successful along with the designated quarantine areas on campus. It has helped contain the virus so far on campus and has allowed the campus to stay open.
A rise in cases was inevitable, although the most crucial factor was how the cases are being contained and treated. Currently the time of the writing, Gov. Ned Lamont has reversed the reopening due to their spike in COVID-19 cases according to the Hartford Courant.
The Hartford Courant also reports that Gov. Ned Lamont will publish a town-level map in which a town would be recommended to revert to phase 2 if they have 15 cases per 100 thousand residents. This will be imperative in making sure that the virus is contained and does not spread within the state.
The future is still uncertain however it has been proved in other regions of the world that it is possible to return to some form of life we once had. Until a vaccine arrives, we are going to have stay aware of how we interact with each other.
It is our responsibility to make sure that we contain follow the guidelines from health experts and stay up to date with cases in Connecticut. We must wear our masks, social distance as much as we can, if we want to avoid any other spike like we had earlier this year.
Despite the questionable image from President Trump, it has now been clear that the virus had a different effect on different regions of the country. While also disproportionally affected minority groups as well.
There is still a lot to learn about COVID-19 but that does not mean we have to stop everything we are doing. We must keep going and stay safe.