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CT COVID-19 Updates: Hospitalizations decline slightly, positivity rate stays under 4%

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

August 27

Hospitalizations decline slightly, positivity rate stays under 4%

On Friday, Connecticut recorded a positivity rate of 3.44% after administering 22,892 tests and 788 came back positive. The positivity rate is slightly less than Thursday. 

Hospitalizations have declined slightly since the other day. There are now 378 patients being treated for the virus. 

August 26

Death toll rises by 25 people since last week

Connecticut reported on Thursday it administered 21,649 tests and 788 came back positive. The positivity rate was 3.64%. 

Hospitalizations have increased by two patients since Wednesday. There are now 380 patients being treated in the hospital for COVID-19.

The state death toll has increased by 25 people since last Thursday. The death toll now sits at 8,355 people. 

Connecticut now has 2,239,666 residents who are fully vaccinated. Last week, the state reported 2,195,300 fully vaccinated residents. 

August 25

CDC lists Litchfield County in 'high' transmission category

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control moved Litchfield County into the "high transmission" category. 

The CDC classifies a "high risk" area as 100 new cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days. 

Litchfield had been placed in the 'substantial' transmission category on August 3rd. Six of the state's eight counties are now in the 'high transmission' category. The two northeastern counties, Tolland and Windham, remain in the substantial risk category. 

CDC guidelines recommend anyone in an area that is listed as substantial or higher should wear a mask while inside like a store or other building, regardless if one has been vaccinated for COVID-19. Connecticut officials have recommended residents follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC.

Hospitalizations at 378 patients; positivity rate remains above 3%

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday Connecticut's latest COVID-19 statistics. 

Connecticut administered 19,850 tests and 651 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of about 3.28%. 

Hospitalizations increased by dropped by 13 patients since Tuesday. There are now 378 patients being treated for COVID-19.

August 24

Hospitalizations surpass 390 patients; positivity rate remains above 3%

Connecticut reported on Tuesday that the positivity rate was 3.83% after 27,958 tests were administered and 1,071 came back positive. 

Hospitalizations continue to rise and are now at 391 patients. Hartford County has the most number of patients being treated for the virus with 129. New Haven County has the second most patients with 106.  

August 23

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday Connecticut's latest COVID-19 statistics. 

Connecticut administered 44,354 tests and 1,554 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of about 3.5%. 

Hospitalizations increased by 23 patients since last week. There are now 369 patients being treated for COVID-19.

August 20

More free COVID-19 testing centers launched in Connecticut

The Connecticut Department of Public Health announced it has opened more free COVID-19 testing locations.

Danbury (two clinics) 

Pat Waldron Building (Veteran’s Building),  

28 Memorial Drive, Danbury 

Monday and Wednesday, 3 – 7 pm 

Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm 

 

PAL Building, 

35 Hayestown Road, Danbury 

Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 am - noon
Thursdays, 3 – 7 pm 

 

Hartford 

Parking lot on the corner of Albany Avenue and Woodland Street, Hartford 

Monday, 11 am – 2 pm 

Tuesday, 11 am – 7 pm 

Wednesday, 11 am – 2 pm 

Thursday, 11 am – 7 pm 

Friday, 11 am – 2 pm 

Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm                                             (more) 

 

Connecticut Department of Public Health 

COVID Testing Locations 

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Killingly  

Quinebaug Valley Community College 

742 Upper Maple Street, Killingly 

Friday, 3 – 7 pm 

Saturday, 8 am – noon 

 

New Britain (starting Monday, Aug. 23) 

Veterans Memorial Stadium 

635 South Main Street, New Britain 

Monday and Wednesday, 8 am – 4 pm 

Friday and Saturday, noon – 7 pm 

 

Stamford 

Stamford High School (Lower Parking Lot)  

55 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford 

Monday, 4 – 7 pm 

Wed, 4 – 7 pm 

Friday, 4 – 7 pm 

Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm 

Sunday, 10 am - 2 pm 

 

Willimantic  

Willimantic Plaza 

1589 West Main Street, Willimantic  

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 

8 am – 2 pm 

Positivity rate for Thursday 3.13%; hospitalizations increase

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Connecticut's latest COVID-19 statistics. 

Connecticut administered 13,755 tests and 431 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of about 3.13%. 

Hospitalizations increased by two patients since Thursday. There are now 346 patients being treated for COVID-19. 

Gov. Lamont announced Thursday that since last week, there have been 23 COVID-19 related deaths. The state death toll has increased to 8,330 people. 

All Little Sprouts locations to require COVID-19 vaccines or weekly testing

 Little Sprouts, LLC, a network of New England child care centers and preschools, will now require their workforce to participate in coronavirus vaccinations or show proof of a weekly negative PCR test, officials announced Friday.

More than 800 child care workers will be required to have at least their first dose of the COVID vaccine by Monday, September 13.

Employees who do not provide proof of vaccination will need to participate in weekly COVID PCR tests - negative test results are to be required before arriving for work the following week.

 or participate in weekly COVID testing. 

"There is nothing more central to our mission and values than the health and well-being of children and staff. While the pandemic has made it impossible to know for sure what will happen next, we resolved early on in 2020 to stay informed, to follow the science, and simply take the next right step," David Post, CEO of Little Sprouts, LLC, wrote in a letter. "Trusted health and medical officials now agree that protecting unvaccinated children starts with surrounding them with vaccinated adults or, barring vaccinations, those who test negative for the virus. Our next right step is clear. Our COVID Precaution Policy prioritizes the safety of our unvaccinated children in our schools and throughout our communities."

Rocky Hill implements mask mandate

Effective 12:01 a.m., Rocky Hill will require its residents to wear a mask while inside public buildings. 

The town said the mandate is applicable to public indoor spaces including but not limited to: businesses, inclusive of restaurants and bars, retail stores, professional buildings and complexes, other commercial enterprises and the like; museums and historical structures open to the public; congregate living settings, including nursing homes, senior housing, group homes, and shelters; health care facilities; indoor entertainment venues or any portion of an outdoor entertainment venue that is indoors, such as indoor suites, conference rooms/gathering spaces, and restrooms; public transportation, including waiting areas for public transportation, except for outdoor waiting areas; schools, including elementary and secondary schools, technical colleges, two -year colleges, colleges, and universities; and houses of worship.

Read more on the mandate and exemptions here.

 

West Hartford mask mandate 

The Town of West Hartford has announced that a universal indoor mask mandate will be in place today, beginning at noon. 

The town says that West Hartford reached a 'red zone' threshold in terms of cases, prompting the mandate.

West Hartford’s universal indoor mask mandate will require all persons to wear a mask in any public indoor place. This does not apply to residential dwellings, however residents are strongly advised that they should still mask-up anytime they are indoors with persons who are not part of their own household. The mandate also exempts persons unable to wear a mask for medical reasons – including children under the age of two – and persons who are eating or drinking.

 A copy of the Town Manager’s executive order requiring universal indoor masking may be found here.

August 19

Positivity rate for Thursday 3.37%; hospitalizations decrease

During his press conference on Thursday, Gov. Ned Lamont showed Connecticut's COVID-19 statistics. 

Connecticut administered 15,865 tests and 534 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of about 3.37%. 

Hospitalizations decreased for the first time in days by four patients. There are now 344 patients being treated for COVID-19. 

Since last week, there have been 23 COVID-19 related deaths. The state death toll has increased to 8,330 people. 

August 18

Hospitalizations near 350 patients, positivity rate under 3%

Connecticut reported on Wednesday it had administered 19,824 tests and 593 came back positive. The positivity rate was about 2.99%, significantly lower than Tuesday's 4.25%.

Hospitalizations continue to increase at a rapid pace. There were 27 more patients reported to be in the hospital for COVID-19 since Tuesday. There are now 348 patients being treated for the virus. 

New Haven County has the most hospitalizations with 107 patients, followed by Hartford County with 106. Tolland County has the least number of patients with two. 

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Fairfield County listed by CDC as in 'high transmission'

The Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday said Fairfield County in the “High Transmission” category of COVID-19. According to the State Department of Public Health, Fairfield is the fifth county in the state to be upgraded to the High Transmission category. New Haven, Hartford, New London, and Middlesex Counties also are listed as High Transmission—the other three Connecticut counties are still classified by the CDC as being in the “Substantial Transmission” category.

August 17

Positivity rate over 4% Tuesday, hospitalizations over 300

Connecticut reported on Tuesday an increase in hospitalizations and its highest positivity rate in months.

The state said it administered 16,485 tests and 700 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 4.25%. The last time the positivity rate was over 4% was on April 14. 

Hospitalizations have increased by 36 patients since the weekend. There are now 321 patients being treated for COVID-19 in Connecticut. 

August 16

Latest COVID-19 statistics

Governor Lamont announced Connecticut's latest coronavirus numbers. Here are the details.

The state administered 44,577 tests since Friday and 1,581 came back positive, which yielded a positivity rate of 3.55%.

Currently, 285 patients are being treated for the virus, which is an increase of 26 hospitalizations.

Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) is partnering with Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) to hold pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout the summer. No appointment, insurance, or ID needed. Get vaccinated and get a free $20 gift card as a thank you for doing your part to protect yourself and your community. Currently scheduled clinics include:

  • Tue, August 17, 3:30-6:30pm, New London Elks Club, 81 Washington Street, New London (Moderna or J&J, 18+)
  • Wed, August 18, 11am-2pm, New London Senior Center, Corner of Brainard and Mercer Streets, New London (Moderna or J&J, 18+)
  • Thu, August 19, 5-7pm, Jennings School, 50 Mercer Street, New London Pfizer 12+, Moderna or J&J 18+)
  • Tue, August 24, 3-6pm, City of Groton Farmers' Market, corner of Mitchell and Meridian Streets, Washington Park, Groton (Pfizer 12+, Moderna or J&J 18+)
  • Tue, August 24, 4-6pm, Central Park, 36 Central Ave, Groton (Moderna or J&J, 18+)
  • Thu, August 26, 5-7pm, Ledge Light Health District, 216 Broad Street, New London (Moderna or J&J, 18+)

Visit www.llhd.org or follow LLHD on social media for additional clinic announcements!

August 15

New England: Cases grow south of Boston; NH union backs shot

MARSHFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Health authorities in Massachusetts report that a group of cities and towns located south of Boston have higher positivity rates for coronavirus than the state average. Massachusetts, like the country, is dealing with a resurgence of cases of coronavirus. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported Saturday that the state’s 14-day positivity rate was about 2.7%, but numerous towns in Bristol and Plymouth counties and on Cape Cod and the islands are higher than that. Elsewhere in New England, Maine police are dealing with a pandemic-era surge in thefts of catalytic converters from cars. Also, New Hampshire’s largest teachers union is supporting its national leadership when it comes to vaccinations.

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