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CT COVID-19 Updates: More than 70% of state's adults have received at least one vaccine dose

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

May 8

Citing the CDC, Governor Ned Lamont announced that more than 70% of all adults in Connecticut have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, one of the first states to do so.

May 7

Positivity rate stays under 2%, hospitalizations continue to decline

Gov. Ned Lamont's office released the latest COVID-19 statistics for Friday showing more decline in hospitalizations and a lower positivity rate.

Connecticut administered 31,335 tests and 436 came back positive. The positivity rate for Friday was 1.39%, the second straight day the positivity rate remained under 2%. 

Hospitalizations decreased by 15 more patients since Thursday. There are now 309 patients being treated in the hospital for COVID-19.

There were six more COVID-19 related deaths reported Friday. The state death toll has now reached 8,137 people.  


Vernon hosts YOU CHOOSE walk-up vaccination clinics

The town of Vernon is hosting two YOU CHOOSE walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics the week of May 10th there people can choose which of the three available vaccines to receive.

The first clinic will be held from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 11 in Central Part, the green area in front of the Vernon Town Hall at 14 Park Place.

The second is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 13 at the Red Roof in, at 425 Hartford Turnpike.

Officials said the goal is to continue to reach all people who want the vaccine.

For an always-updated list of Vernon Regional Vaccination Program clinics, please visit www.vernon-ct.gov/covid-19/clinics.

May 6

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to drop; lowest in months

Connecticut reported on Thursday at a positivity rate of 1.92%, with 36,968 tests being administered and 711 coming back positive. Gov. Ned Lamont said that the 7-day average for the positivity rate is a little over 2%. 

Hospitalizations continue to decline in the state. As of Thursday, there are 324 patients in the hospital being treated for COVID-19. This is the lowest number of patients in months. 

There were seven more COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday bringing the state death toll to 8,131 people. Gov. Lamont said about 99% of people who died of the virus were not vaccinated. 

Connecticut has currently fully vaccinated 1,467,381 people and Gov. Lamont added that he believes that at least 70% of the state population will receive at least one dose will be reached this week. 

May 5

Positivity rate falls under 3%, hospitalizations continue to decline

Connecticut reported it administered 23,455 tests on Wednesday and 609 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of about 2.6%.

Hospitalizations decreased by 10 people since Tuesday, reaching the lowest number of patients being treated for the virus in months. As of Wednesday, there are 333 patients in the hospital due to COVID-19. 

There were seven more COVID-19 related deaths reported on Wednesday. The state death toll has now reached 8,124 people. 

CVS Health Now Offering Walk-In/Same-Day Vaccine Appointment

CVS Health announced today that it is now accepting walk-in COVID-19 appointments at CVS Pharmacy locations across the country, including 173 locations in Connecticut.

No appointment is necessary! Same-day scheduling is available at CVS.com.

Individuals are able to make appointments as soon as one hour from time of scheduling.

“We continue to orchestrate an all-out effort to vaccinate the nation against COVID-19,” CVS Health President and CEO Karen S. Lynch said. “Thanks to the dedication and effort of our colleagues, I am proud to say we helped achieve the President’s accelerated 100-day goal of 200 million vaccines and have administered over 17 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to date. Our customers continue to give us high satisfaction scores based on their interactions with colleagues and our customer-centric digital approach for scheduling appointments.”

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to sponsor Mobile Vaccination clinic with Hartford HealthCare May 11

The free clinic for Bridgeport residents will be held at the Cathedral of Faith, 2319 Fairfield Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Officials are looking to fill about 100 slots for residents interested in getting the first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

Individuals will also be scheduled for their second dose on June 8 at the same location.

Lou Gianquinto, President of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut says now is the time for everyone to come together and do what we can to support communities across the state to get vaccinated.

"With the vaccine now broadly available, it’s important to make access easy for people and that’s why we’re joining Hartford HealthCare to bring a clinic directly into a community where we know there’s still a need."

Hartford HealthCare President and CEO, Jeffrey A. Flaks says mobile vaccination clinics are an important component of the health system’s community outreach efforts.

“We are delighted to work with Anthem in this important endeavor,” he said. “Partnerships like this ensure that everyone has access to the COVID vaccine. Every day we are doing more to get out to more communities, including outreach to the underserved and most vulnerable.”

May 4

Positivity rate, hospitalizations increase slightly 

After a significant drop in hospitalizations over the weekend, Connecticut saw a slight increase Tuesday. There was one additional hospitalization reported since Monday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 patients to 343. 

Connecticut reported it administered 13,833 tests and 417 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of about 3.01%. 

There were five more COVID-19 related deaths since Monday. The state death toll has now reached 8,117 people. 

Vaccine walk in clinic in Norwich

The City of Norwich in conjunction with Southeastern Area Transit District (SEAT) will be hosting a recurring free Covid 19 vaccination clinic at the Norwich Intermodal Transportation Center, 10 Falls Ave, Norwich, CT.

The clinic will be offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the month of May from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The type of vaccine is Pfizer. No registration or appointment is needed. Walks-ins are accepted. Those 16 to and 17 need a parent or guardian with them to receive the shot. Second doses will also be administered at the Transportation Center. People will be given the time and date of their second shot at the first clinic they attend.

May 3

Hospitalizations continue to decline, positivity rate under 2%

Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Monday that Connecticut is the first state in the nation to reach 50% of all adults 18 years and older to be fully vaccinated. 

As of May 3, there are 1,393,894 residents who have been fully vaccinated. In total, the state has administered 3,192, 560 doses. 

Connecticut's COVID-19 statistics have been declining in the past several days. 

Over the weekend, the state-administered 73,821 tests and 1,312 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of about 1.78%. 

There was a decline of 41 hospitalizations since last Friday bringing the total number of patients to 342. Gov. Lamont said this is the lowest number of patients in about six months. 

There were 15 reported COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend. The state death toll has reached 8,112 people 

May 2

Museums sign on to plan letting kids in free this summer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Several of Connecticut's best known museums have signed on to a proposal by Gov. Ned Lamont designed to combat some of the learning lost during the pandemic by allowing children to visit for free this summer. The governor says Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport Museum, the Beardsley Zoo, the Connecticut Science Center, and the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk have all expressed interest in participating. Under the initiative, all Connecticut children one accompanying adult can visit the museums free of charge from July 1 to September 6. The state Legislature must approve the plan, which would be funded using $15 million in federal pandemic recover funds.

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