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CT COVID-19 Updates: COVID-19 positivity rate remains below 4%; hospitalizations keep rising

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April 9

COVID-19 positivity rate remains below 4%; hospitalizations keep rising 

During a Friday afternoon press conference, the governor provided a brief update on coronavirus in Connecticut.

According to Lamont, the state's positivity rate is about 3.37% ahead of the weekend.

Current hospitalizations continued to rise in the state. There are now 531 patients being treated for the virus in the hospital. A majority of those patients are from New Haven and Fairfield County. 

There were four new reported COVID-19 deaths Friday, bringing the death toll to 7,944 people. 

Middletown annual July 4th fireworks pushed to September

The City of Middletown announced Friday that their annual Fireworks Festival will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2021, with a rain date of September 5.

Officials say it was determined delaying the festival until September would be a safer course of action as Connecticut continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision was made after consultation with public health experts.

The fireworks will take place along the bank of the Connecticut River at Harbor Park, and the front lawn of the City’s Municipal Building at 245 deKoven Drive.

Click here for more information. 

Drive through vaccination clinic to be held Monday at ESPN

Bristol Burlington Health District and Bristol Hospital are operating a public drive-thru vaccination clinic at ESPN on Monday, April 12, from 10 am-3 pm for those 18 years of age and over. We will be offering Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccine at this clinic.

The clinic will be open for registration at 4 pm today through VAMS.

How to schedule an appointment:

1. If you are not already registered in VAMS, use the following link to register: https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine/

2. At 4pm today (April 9, 2021), log into VAMS and search Bristol for “ESPN North campus Drive-thru” clinic on Monday, April 12, 2021. The portal will close as soon as the time slots fill up.

April 8

UConn reports 15 new COVID-19 cases on Storrs

The University of Connecticut reported on Thursday there are 15 new COVID-19 cases for students living in the dorms and four new off-campus cases. 

The school cited the COVID-19 numbers are consistent with an outbreak that began last week and cause several dorms to be placed under quarantine. 

UConn added the many of the new cases are from students already in quarantine and had already come in contact with someone who had the virus. The school believes the new numbers do not indicate any new spikes. 

COVID-19 positivity rate under 3%; hospitalizations increase slightly

Connecticut reported it administered 42,067 COVID-19 tests with 1,012 coming back positive. The positivity rate for Thursday was 2.41%. 

Hospitalizations increased slightly by one person since Wednesday. Currently, there are 515 patients being treated for the virus in the hospital. 

There were five COVID-19 related deaths reported on Thursday bringing the state's death toll to 7,940 people.

Connecticut continues to vaccinate its residents well with the Governor's office reporting that 49% of people 16 years and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The state has 883,169 residents fully vaccinated. 

Gov. Lamont did point out that Connecticut is having a COVID-19 outbreak near the Naugatuck Valley area with Waterbury having 69.3 cases per 100,000 population and Wolcott with 63.9 cases per 100,00 thousand. 

To combat these hotspots, Gov. Lamont said the state will be sending its mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics into the area to get more people vaccinated. 

April 7

New Haven hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics to residents on April 8 and 9

Beginning on April 8, the city of New Haven will be hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics for only its residents on the New Haven Green. 

The clinic will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Another clinic will help on April 9 and operate at the same hours. 

To schedule an appointment on the Green, New Haven residents are asked to call Griffin Hospital at 855-691-6369 or visit its website

Positivity rate drops to 3.84 %, hospitalizations increase by 9

Connecticut administered 27,019  COVID-19 tests as of April 7 and 1,038 came back positive. The positivity rate was about 3.84 %. 

Hospitalizations also went up, increasing by 9 patients since the weekend. There are now 514 people being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital.

The state's death toll increased again, with five more COVID-19 related deaths. Connecticut has now lost 7,935 people to the virus.

Hartford Public Library offers vaccination clinic

A three-day vaccination clinic is taking place at Hartford Public Library's Dwight Branch from April 7-9.

Organizers said the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine will be given to Hartford residents only. Giffin Health is distributing the vaccines.

The clinic, located at Dwight Library on 7 News Park Avenue, will be opened from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all three days.

For more information about the vaccines, visit griffinhealth.org.

April 6

Positivity rate rises to 5%, hospitalizations increase 

Connecticut administered 21,459 COVID-19 tests as of April 6 and 1,074 came back positive. The positivity rate was about 5%. 

Hospitalizations also went up, increasing by 21 patients since the weekend. There are now 505 people being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital.

The state's death toll increased again, with seven more COVID-19 related deaths. Connecticut has now lost 7,930 people to the virus.

Gov. Lamont signs executive order expanding absentee vote eligibility

On Tuesday, Governor Ned Lamont signed Executive Order No.10E will permit absentee voting for everyone in any election, primary, or referendum held before May 20, 2021. 

The COVID-19 pandemic was cited as the reason for the order. Last year, Gov. Lamont signed a similar order allowing voters to vote in 2020 elections. 

Last year the Govenor signed a sim

Middlesex Health opens second COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Middlesex Health opened a second COVID-19 vaccine clinic. The new clinic is located on the second floor of the Middlesex Health Shoreline Medical Center, 250 Flat Rock Place in Westbrook.

Middlesex Health’s Westbrook vaccine clinic will mirror the health system’s vaccine clinic at 117 Main Street Extension in Middletown. Both clinics are open Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You must make an appointment to get your vaccine at either location and can do so through MyChart, the health system’s patient portal, or by calling the Middlesex Health Vaccine Scheduling Center at 860-358-7050 during normal business hours.

The scheduling center is open as long as there are available appointments. If all appointments have been filled, the scheduling center will close until more appointments become available.

April 5

Hospitalizations trend downward, positivity rate below 4%

Connecticut tested 82,365 tests over the weekend and 2,699 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of about 3.28%. 

Current hospitalizations went trended downward by 15 patients bringing the state total to 484. 

There were 19 more COVID-19 related deaths reported over the weekend. Connecticut has now lost 7,923 people to the virus. 

Connecticut continues to vaccinate its residents well, with 809, 633 people being fully vaccinated. This week 288,000 first doses will be delivered to the state. 

About 45% of residents 16 years and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. 

Gov. Lamont added that starting Monday, 35 mobile vaccine clinics are now ready to distribute the vaccine. The Governor added they will have an "ice cream truck" mentality, in which anyone can walk up and get their vaccine. 

COO Josh Geballe said the vans will begin to circulate in under-served communities to get city residents vaccinated. 

Manchester Public schools go remote due to COVID-19

Manchester Public Schools was forced to return to remote classes for Monday, April 5 after a large number of MPS staff including bus drivers were vaccinated over the weekend leading to a staffing shortage while they recover from temporary side effects, officials said.

In Region 13, which includes Durham and Middlefield, officials proactively scheduled a day off for Monday anticipating issues after a clinic was scheduled on April 3 to give educators their second vaccine dose. 

Last week, Ansonia, Derby, and Seymour had also faced staffing shortages due to vaccine. 

Ansonia Superintendent Dr. Joseph DiBacco said at the time, "It is a combination between our bus company not having the staffing to bring our students to school and we have some staff that will be out tomorrow... I believe the reason for this is a reaction to their 2nd vaccination."

Two weeks ago, Wilby High School in Waterbury also had gone remote due to a staffing shortage. 


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