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.

 The Mobile Field Hospital sky view

Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

The DPH Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) is responsible for the development and implementation of the state's public health emergency plan and initiatives. OPHPR promotes the health and safety of Connecticut by preparing the state against public health emergencies and ensuring the timely response of emergency countermeasures through local and state means while maintaining equal access to preparedness services for all communities. 

The office ensures compliance with all state and federal mandates with respect to preparedness and response and coordinates department operations during emergencies. To support these activities, the office identifies and secures grants that strengthen the state's public health preparedness including administering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP), and the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) cooperative agreements.

Statewide public health and healthcare communications are coordinated by OPHPR in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), & Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS). OPHPR also partners with DEMHS and the Military Department for the New England Disaster Training Center, a training facility that offers unique hands-on training focused on preparing civilian and military disaster responders.


For more information about OPHPR or preparedness activities in Connecticut, please contact us.

OPHPR Activities: 
  • Deployment of the Strategic National Stockpile
  • Mobile Field Hospital
  • Mass Casualty Trailers
  • Mass Casualty Management
  • City Readiness Initiatives
  • Health-Related Nuclear Emergency Response
  • Medical Reserve Corps
  • Mass Fatality Management 
Preparedness in Connecticut
Plans & Reports
Partner Resources for Preparedness
How to Get Involved and Get Prepared


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