CONNECTICUT — Connecticut unveiled new guidance Thursday on how communities and individuals should respond to higher levels of coronavirus infections.
The state has three warning levels for infections that are based on the number of daily infections reported per 100,000 population over a 2-week average.
The color-coded levels are yellow, orange and red. Towns in the red threshold have the option to scale back to the state’s second reopening phase, which would lower capacity at restaurants, private commercial gatherings like weddings and other gatherings.
The state will update the warning levels each week.
There are currently 11 towns in the red warning zone with most in southeastern Connecticut.
This week, the following municipalities are in the higher red-level alert category:
• East Lyme
• New London
Below is an explainer from the state on what the different levels mean:
Red: 15+ cases per 100,000 population per day over a 2-week average.
High risk individuals should stay home.
Individuals: Limit trips outside home, avoiding gatherings with non-family members.
Communities: Cancel public events and limit community gathering points, alert residents via reverse 911 system.
Organized group activities: Postpone all indoor activities. Postpone outdoor activities where mask wearing or social distancing cannot be maintained at all times.
Pre K-12 schools: In collaboration with local health department and superintendent, consider more distance learning if cases are greater than 25 per 100,000 residents per day over two week average.
Orange: 10-14 cases per 100,000 residents per day over 2-week average.
Individuals: Avoid larger events, limit time with non-family members.
Communities: Scale back public events.
Organized group activities: Limit group sizes. Postpone indoor activities where mask wearing or social distancing cannot be maintained.
Pre K-12 schools: Maximize spacing, mask wearing, ventilation and hygiene to support in-person learning.
Yellow: 5-9 cases per 100,000 residents per day over 2-week average.
Individuals: Use masks, social distancing and take extra precautions if high-risk for coronavirus complications.
Communities: Scale up public awareness
Organized group activities: Move activities outdoors when possible.
Pre K-12 schools: Reinforce and monitor safety measures with staff, students and families.
This article originally appeared on the Across Connecticut Patch