2023-2024 Viral Respiratory Disease Updates

Takeaway: COVID and RSV activity are decreasing across the FVHD and in Connecticut. Flu activity appears to have plateaued at an elevated level after many weeks of declines and will be monitored closely over the coming weeks. 

  1. Lab-confirmed COVID cases, acute care visits for COVID, and COVID-associated hospitalizations continue to decrease from early January peaks.
  2. Over 490 deaths in CT residents have been associated with COVID, which is over three times the number of flu (66) and RSV (77) deaths combined. There were more COVID associated deaths in January than in the three preceding months and the number of deaths in February to date is approaching the number of deaths in the whole month of January. 
  3. Flu activity in the FVHD and in CT appears to have plateaued at an elevated level after many weeks of declines. 
  4. Influenza-like (ILI) activity is moderate in CT. However, the Midwest and parts of the South are currently experiencing a second wave of increased flu activity, which could occur in Connecticut and New England in the coming weeks.
  5. Lab-confirmed RSV cases and hospitalizations continue to decline in FVHD and CT residents.
  6. RSV hospitalizations are highest among young children and older adults. RSV-associated deaths are highest among older adults.

Explore the interactive data dashboards below to further explore trends for COVID, flu, and RSV in the Farmington Valley and in Connecticut. Click the full-screen button in the bottom right corner of each dashboard for the best viewing experience.

What Can You Do to Protect Yourself this Season?

  1. Get vaccinated if you are eligible. For the first time, there is a vaccine available for each major respiratory virus. Who is eligible?:
  2. Wash your hands often.
  3. Cover your cough.
  4. Wear a mask in public spaces if you are at risk of more serious illness if infected.
  5. Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms.
  6. Stay home if you are not well.
  7. Seek testing or care if your symptoms are not improving or if you are at high risk for complications. 
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