State public health officials say 19 towns are now at the highest alert level for COVID-19.
The month began with the Department of Public Health issuing a COVID-19 alert for Norwich after a “significant” spike in cases there.
About a week later, New London was added to the list.
Public health officials then rolled out a new color-coded alert system, which initially listed 11 towns in the highest-level “red” zone. After a few days, that number jumped to 19.
Norwich and New London remain on the list. And in the most recent update, more municipalities were added, including Norwalk, Waterbury and East Hartford.
State officials say they’ll encourage people to get tested for COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms, if that community is on the red zone list.
Asymptomatic testing will also be encouraged in lower-level “orange” zones, a list that includes an additional 22 towns.
State officials said town-by-town alert data will be updated weekly.