COVID-19 Community Levels Map Update, Jan. 27, 2023: The CDC has listed three Connecticut Counties—Litchfield, Middlesex and New Haven Counties—in the High/Orange category as part of its weekly COVID-19 Community Levels update. Fairfield, Hartford, New London, Tolland and Windham Counties are listed in the Medium/Yellow category.  Because all eight Connecticut counties are either in the High or Medium categories, the Connecticut Department of Public Health recommends that all residents consider wearing a mask in public indoor spaces. People who are at high risk for severe illness should consider additional measures to minimize their exposure to COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. Visit the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels Map for updates.


Please visit covidtests.gov to request four free COVID-19 self-test kits from the Federal Government. Find a location that has a supply of COVID-19 therapeutics as part of the Test to Treat initiative here. The complete DPH COVID-19 toolbox is located at ct.gov/coronavirus.

 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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