BROOKFIELD, CT — There is one less Connecticut city in the “red zone” on high coronavirus alert this week, though many cities in the state’s southwest are taking more time to turn the corner.
For new infections in the Northeast, health authorities point to the highly transmissible Omicron subvariant BA.2. Health officials predict the new coronavirus flavor will be 50 to 60 percent more contagious than the original Omicron variant, but with far less severe symptoms.
Brookfield has remained on the “amber” coronavirus alert level, according to the latest weekly data from the state health department. Between March 6 and March 19, the city had 7.6 average daily cases per 100,000 residents and a positive test rate of 3.8 percent, according to DPH.
In the previous two-week reporting period, there were 5.9 average daily cases per 100,000 population and test positivity is up 0.7 percent from last week’s figures.
It is important to note that a few cases can have a large impact on the community case rate, especially for small towns.
No Brookfield school reported cases of COVID-19 among its student body from March 17-23.
As of Thursday, 65.4 percent of Americans were fully vaccinated. In Connecticut, 78.3 percent of residents had both shots, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both the country and state’s vaccinated population rose 0.1 percent from last week’s chart. Just over half of Connecticut residents have received a booster shot against the coronavirus.
Brookfield is just below the state curve with 78.27 percent of residents fully vaccinated according to the latest DPH data.