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CT COVID-19 Updates: Positivity rate drops below 0.5%; hospitalizations increase

Find developments on the coronavirus outbreak in Connecticut as we work together to keep safe and healthy.
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June 25

Positivity rate drops below 0.5%; hospitalizations increase

Governor Ned Lamont's office released the latest COVID-19 statistics Friday showing a slight decrease in positivity rate and a slight increase in hospitalizations. 

Connecticut reported it administered 28,755 tests on Friday and 127 came back positive. The positivity rate dropped to 0.44%. 

Hospitalizations increase slightly by two patients since Thursday. There are now 36 patients being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital. 

There was one COVID-19 related death reported Friday. The state death toll has reached 8,275 people. 

June 24

Positivity rate for Thursday declines to 0.5%; hospitalizations increase

Connecticut reported on Thursday it administered 30,775 tests and 153 came back positive. The positivity rate for that day was 0.5%. 

Hospitalizations rose over 30 patients since Wednesday. There are now 34 patients being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital. 

There were three COVID-19 related deaths Thursday. The state death toll has now reached 8,274 people. 

As of June 24, Connecticut has reported that 2,033,271 residents have been fully vaccinated. The state has also administered 2,244,254 residents who have received at least one dose of the vaccine. 

CCSU requiring students to get vaccinated

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) Board of Regents have voted that all students who want to participate in on-campus activities must be vaccinated for the fall 2021 semester. 

“The vaccines that are currently authorized in the United States are safe, effective, and critical to resuming normal operations at our campuses this fall,” said Dr. Jane Gates, interim president of CSCU. “Now is the time for students planning on attending college this fall to get vaccinated. With more infectious, more severe variants becoming more and more prevalent, getting your shot is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and our communities.”

June 23

Positivity rises on Wednesday; hospitalizations decrease to under 30 patients

Gov. Lamont's office released the latest COVID-19 statistics for Wednesday showing another increase in the positivity rate for that day, while hospitalizations declined.

Connecticut administered 4,962 tests and 38 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of about 0.77%. 

After increasing slightly over the past several days, COVID-19 hospitalizations decreased by six patients. The current total of patients is 29, which is the first time under 30 since last year. 

There were zero COVID-19 related deaths reported. The state death toll remained at 8,271.  


June 22

Positivity rate remains rises slightly over 0.5, hospitalizations increase by a patient

Connecticut reported on Tuesday it administered 8,242 tests and 45 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of about 0.55%. This is slightly higher than the 0.4% positivity rate over the weekend.

Current COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by one patient, bringing the total to 35. There were two COVID-19 related deaths reported on Tuesday. The state death toll has now reached 8,271 people.

June 21

Latest COVID-19 statistics

Governor Ned Lamont's office released the latest COVID-19 numbers on Monday. 

Connecticut reported it had administered 23,001 tests and 92 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 0.4%. 

Hospitalizations saw a very slight increase of 1 patient. Currently, there are 34 people being treated for the virus in local hospitals. 

There were no new COVID-19 related deaths reported since Friday, officials said.

The state death toll is at 8,269 people.

Middlesex Health updates visitor policy

Officials announced Monday that Middlesex Health is further loosening its visitor policy, as Connecticut's COVID-19 positivity rate remains low.

The changes go into effect June 21.

According to a release, most Middlesex Health locations, including Middlesex Hospital, outpatient locations and ambulatory settings, will now allow an unlimited number of visitors.

All visitors must wear a face mask at all times and must be 16 or older unless granted special permission.

Visiting hours at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown:

  • 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and during the weekend

Visiting hours for Middlesex Hospital’s inpatient behavioral health unit:

  • Monday through Friday -- 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Daily -- 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Visitors will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival and must register at the front desk in the hospital lobby.

June 19

Connecticut casinos sue insurer over COVID-19 losses

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The Native American tribe that owns Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun casino is suing its insurance carrier over what it says was the denial of claims for millions of dollars in losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Day in New London reports that the lawsuit filed Friday by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority is similar to one the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, owner of the Foxwoods Resort Casino, brought against the same insurer in February. A message seeking comment was left with Factory Mutual.

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