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CT COVID-19 Updates: Majority of COVID-19 deaths in Connecticut from nursing homes, assisted living facilities

Find developments on the coronavirus outbreak in Connecticut as we near phase one of the state's reopen date.

HARTFORD, Conn — For the latest coronavirus news, click here. Refresh often for new information as it becomes available. Scroll down for updates for the week of May 25.

May 29

Majority of COVID-19 deaths in Connecticut from nursing homes, assisted living facilities

As Connecticut continues to slowly reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state released it latest nursing homes and assisted facilities number showing the impact the virus has had. 

Out of the 3,868 people who have died due to the COVID-19, 2,725 of those people are from nursing homes and assisted living facilities. 

COVID-19 among Connecticut assisted living residents 

COVID-19 among Connecticut nursing home residents

For more on Connecticut COVID-19 numbers, click here

Beardsley Zoo scheduled to reopen in June 

According to the zoo's website, the Beardsley Zoon will be reopened on June 1. Right now, the zoo is working on its reopening plan based on the state's guidelines. 

Guests must wear a mask when they visit and must pre-order food form the cafe online. Giftshop purchases must also be ordered online. 

For more information, click here

May 28

Connecticut COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to trend downward

Governor Lamont's office released the latest COVID-19 numbers showing the hospitalizations are continuing to trend downward. There are now 41,559 people confirmed to have the virus and 3,826 people have died due to COVID-19. Hospitalizations are down 648 people. 

The state reports 235,525 people have been tested for COVID-19. Fairfield, New Haven, and Hartford have most COVID-19 cases in the state with 15,353, 11,198, and 10,078 respectively. 

For the latest COVID-19 numbers in Connecticut, click here

May 27

5th patient in DMHAS dies due to COVID-19

The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services announced on Wednesday that fifth patient has died due COVID-19. 

The person was patient at Valley Hospital before they were transferred to a local area hospital. They died shortly after being transferred. 

Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon said, “We continue to see the tragic impact coronavirus is having within our system. The family is in our thoughts as they grieve the death of their loved one. I offer our sympathy and support to them.” 

For more on DMHAS's COVID-19 response, click here

Date set for three courthouses to reopen

The Connecticut Judicial Branch is targeting the partial resumption of operations in three courthouses starting Monday, June 8,  Chief Court Administrator Patrick L. Carroll III said Wednesday.

The three courthouses are: the Middlesex Judicial District Courthouse in Middletown, Rockville’s Geographical Area No. 19 Courthouse, and the Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse at Torrington.

New England Air Museum to open outdoor exhibits

The New England Air Museum will be reopening its five-acre outdoor grounds four days per week through June.

Every Thursday - Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m visitors will have an opportunity to see ten aircraft outside, peek inside exhibit hangars through open hangar doors, and even get a behind-the-scenes look into the museum's storage hangar, a space that is rarely open to the public. Feedback on this experience from Memorial Day visitors was overwhelmingly positive.

This outdoor museum experience will be at a discounted admission of $7.50 for adults and seniors and $2.50 for children 4-14. Veterans are free courtesy of KeyBank. The museum's hours of operation will be from Thursday - Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day.

To ensure the health and safety of the museum's visitors, staff, and volunteers, the New England Air Museum will follow all COVID-19 rules issued by the Governor Ned Lamont and the Reopen Connecticut panel, and no more than 200 people will be allowed onsite at any time.

May 26

Mayor Bronin to give COVID-19 update, announce social media challenge

Mayor Luke Bronin will provide updates on coronavirus in Hartford Tuesday afternoon at at 3:15 p.m.

At the press conference, Mayor Bronin will also announce the social media challenge, #CountHartford.

Bronin's office says the challenge is an opportunity for Hartford residents to compete for a $1,000 grand prize by creating short videos on social media that promote key census messages. 

May 25

The governor's office released the daily statistics Monday afternoon, showing the impact on Connecticut. 

Forty-nine people were reported to have died from COVID-19 related causes, bringing the total of deaths in the state to 3,742. 

Hospitalizations were slightly up, to 706.

May 24

Governor Lamont's office announced the data for Sunday, May 24. 

Eighteen new deaths were reported. The number of hospitalizations continues to go down, with 23 less than Saturday. 

New data released Friday show coronavirus-related deaths increased by more than 260 in nursing homes compared with last week, bringing the total to 2,190. 

Leaders of industry groups for nursing homes and assisted living centers the figures relect how easily the coronavirus spreads, not quality of care.  

According to the office: 

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary                               Total         Since Yesterday

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases              40,468    +446

COVID-19-Associated Deaths           3,693       +18

Patients Currently Hospitalized           701         - 23

COVID-19 Test Reported                  214,136    +5,769

Some houses of worship are welcoming people back for services in Massachusetts and Vermont but with restrictions. Rev. Steve Warner says they’re taking extra precaution as they allow parishioners back into the Brockton Assembly of God. Parishioners must wear masks and certain pews are roped off to allow for social distancing. 

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