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CT COVID-19 Updates: Positivity rate drops back below 7%, hospitalizations continue upward trend

Find developments on the coronavirus outbreak in Connecticut as we work together to keep safe and healthy.
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HARTFORD, Conn. —

Dec. 17

COVID-19 positivity and hospitalizations in CT

Gov. Ned Lamont reported Friday that Connecticut's positivity rate is at 6.78% ahead of the weekend.

The state administered 21,269 COVID-19 tests and 1,443 returned positive since yesterday.

Additionally, 26 more people are being treated since Thursday, bringing the number of hospitalizations to 736. Of those, 563 (76.5%) are not fully vaccinated.

As of Thursday, 40 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in Connecticut, according to Lamont.

Dec. 16

COVID-19 positivity and hospitalizations in CT

Gov. Ned Lamont released the latest figures Thursday which show Connecticut's positivity rate is at 7.14% today.

The state administered 29,187 COVID-19 tests and 2,085 returned positive since yesterday.

Additionally, 6 less people are hospitalized since Wednesday, bringing the number of hospitalizations to 710. Of those, 533 (75.1%) are not fully vaccinated 

The governor also reported 56 more deaths were reported in the state since last week.

There are 40 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in Connecticut, according to a release.

Dec. 15

Trinity Health of New England visitation update

Trinity Health of New England has updated its visitation guidelines as COVID-19 is still prevalent.

The updated visitor policy is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.  The policy is as follows:

•1 adult visitor per patient, per day on inpatient units. For minors and neonates, two parents can visit per patient.

•1 adult visitor for patients undergoing surgical procedures. Visitors are allowed during registration/intake and discharge/pickup only.

•No visitors are allowed for patients testing positive for COVID-19 or persons under investigation (PUI) patients except as outlined in compassionate care circumstances.

•Do not visit if you have any symptoms of a cold, the flu, or COVID-19 in order to provide an environment that is as safe for patients, visitors, and colleagues as possible, visitors are required to adhere to the following.

•Must pass temperature screening, wear a face mask, and wear additional personal protection when asked by clinical staff. Physical distance must be maintained.

•Visitors must go directly to and from patient room or designated area. There is no gathering in common or public areas.

These new policies affect Saint Francis Hospital and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford; Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury; Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs; and Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.

For more information, visit Trinity Health of New England's website.

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COVID-19 positivity and hospitalizations in CT

The latest COVID-19 numbers out of Connecticut were reported Wednesday.

Gov. Ned Lamont released the latest figures which show the state's positivity rate has dropped back down below 8% after Tuesday's spike. The state is reporting a rate of 7.15% for today.

1,723 COVID-19 tests returned positive out of 24,082 total tests that were administered since yesterday.

Additionally, 35 more people have been hospitalized since Tuesday, bringing the number of hospitalizations to 716. Of those, 537 (75%) are not fully vaccinated.

Dec. 14

COVID-19 positivity jumps to over 8%

The latest COVID-19 numbers out of Connecticut show Tuesday that nearly 3,000 more people have tested positive for the virus.

Gov. Ned Lamont released the latest figures which show the state's positivity rate has jumped to 8.16% since Monday after 2,999 of 36,747 tests reported came back positive.

Additionally, 36 people have been hospitalized, bringing the number of hospitalizations to 681. Of those, 521, or about 76.5%, are not fully vaccinated.

It is important to note that the figures released on Tuesdays tend to be higher. For a more accurate picture of the COVID-19 outlook in Connecticut, the positivity rate over a 7-day period should be considered.

Dec. 13

COVID-19 positivity rate drops to 2.21%

Gov. Ned Lamont released the latest COVID-19 numbers that show the state's positivity rate has dropped to 2.21% since Friday.

His office said Monday that 1,220 new cases were confirmed since Friday after 55,146 tests were administered in the state.

Additionally, 60 more people have been hospitalized, raising the number of hospitalizations to 645. Of those, 502, or about 77%, are not fully vaccinated.

Dec. 12

Lamont says CT will rollout proof-of vaccination phone app

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut residents soon will be able to show their vaccination status using a cellphone app, though whether it's required will be up to businesses, restaurants and other establishments. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont announced Friday the app will be available by the end of the year. Lamont hasn't followed the example of Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who has reinstituted a statewide mask mandate beginning Monday. Lamont says the cellphone app will give restaurants and stores the tools they need to determine what restrictions to put in place, if any. Rhode Island plans to roll out a similar app, and Massachusetts is expected to follow suit.

State of Connecticut Daily COVID Data report 

Kaiser Family Foundation COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Cases: Data from the States

Johns Hopkins University Weekly hospitalization Trends for Connecticut

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