June 24, 2022: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed Fairfield, Hartford, New London, Middlesex, Tolland, and Windham Counties in Low/Green the as part of its COVID-19 Community Levels Map. Only Litchfield, Middlesex and New Haven County are listed in the Medium/Yellow category. Residents who live in the Medium /Yellow counties who are at a high risk for severe illness, should talk to their health care provider about whether to wear a mask and take other precautions. These residents should stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. Visit the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels Map for updates.

Connecticut Epidemiologist Newsletter   •   January 2022   •   Volume 42, No.1

Fast Track Initiative 

Since 2017, the State Public Health Laboratory(SPHL) has conducted testing for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), carbapenem resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB), and a subset of carbapenem resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (CRPA) isolates submitted by clinical laboratories. Under the new SPHL Fast Track Initiative for difficult-to-treat infections, all CRAB isolates, and reportable CRE isolates found to harbor a non-KPC carbapenemase (NDM, Oxa48, IMP or VIM) (or those CRE isolates that have strong clinical indicators that this is likely) will be eligible for on-demand testing services, including facilitation courier services and testing performed 7 days per week. Isolates received before noon will receive carbapenemase testing on the day of receipt, followed by antimicrobial susceptibility testing the following day. All isolates not eligible for Fast Track will be processed via the Standard Pathway with testing performed twice per week. 

Questions regarding laboratory testing can be directed to Diane Noel by email diane.noel@ct.gov or phone 860-920-6550 (or 860-716-2705 on weekends and holidays). 

Questions regarding antimicrobial resistance surveillance can be directed to Meghan Maloney, meghan.maloney@ct.gov or phone 860-840-1867.

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