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COVID-19 Updates: Positivity rate remains under 3%, hospitalizations decline to under 500 patients

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

April 16

Positivity rate remains under 3%, hospitalizations decline to under 500 patients

Gov. Ned Lamont's office released the latest COVID-19 statistics showing for the second day in a row the decline in positivity rate and hospitalizations.

After administering a reported 46,768 tests,1,062 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 2.27%. 

Hospitalizations decreased by 19 patients since Thursday, bringing the total number of people being treated for the virus in the hospital to 486. 

There were five more COVID-19 related deaths Friday in Connecticut. The state's death toll has now reached 7,995 people. 

April 15

Positivity rate just over 2%, hospitalizations decrease

Connecticut administered 34,388 tests and 702 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of about 2.04%. Gov. Lamont said that this is the lowest positivity rate the state has had in a number of weeks. 

Hospitalizations also decreased by 13 people since Wednesday. There are now 505 patients being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital. 

There were six more COVID-19 related deaths reported Thursday. Connecticut's death toll has now reached 7,990 patients. 

Vernon opens vaccine clinics to all CT residents

The Town of Vernon has Moderna vaccination clinics scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and next week.

Because of the greater availability of vaccines, there are still have openings.

Vernon’s clinics are open to all people 18 and older who live or work in Connecticut.

Next week we have clinics on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

All can be accessed through out website:
www.vernon-ct.gov

Or by calling the Vernon Regional Call Center at 860-896-4568.

April 14

Positivity rate rises to 4.41%, hospitalizations decline 

Connecticut administered 36,502 tests as of April 14 and 1,609 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 4.41%. 

Hospitalizations decreased by 27 patients, bringing the total number to 518 patients. New Haven County has the most hospitalizations with 198 people. 

There were 10 COVID-19 related deaths reported on Wednesday. Connecticut's death toll has now reached 7,984 people. 

Town of Vernon to vaccinate Eversource line crews

The Town of Vernon is taking its Mobile Vaccination Clinic to the Eversource Work Center at 48 Tolland Stage Road (Route 74), Tolland, from 2 to 4 p.m Wednesday to vaccinate Eversource line crews.

"These folks are the very definition of essential workers and we are pleased to partner with Eversource to administer vaccine to these hard working men and women," said Dave Owens, Communication Specialist for the town of Vernon.

This clinic is part of Vernon’s Getting Vax to Business program.

April 13

Positivity rate remains under 4%, hospitalizations increase

Governor Ned Lamont's office released Connecticut's COVID-19 statistics on Tuesday showing a posivity rate under 4% but hospitalizations rose by about 20 patients.

Connecticut administered 29,670 tests and 1,118 came back positive, yielding a positivity test of 3.77%. 

Hospitalizations increased to 545 patients after a slight decline from over the weekend. 

There were 17 more COVID-19 related deaths reported on Tuesday. Connecticut's death toll has reached 7,974 people. 

April 12

Positivity rate just above 3%, hospitalizations down over the weekend

Connecticut's positivity rate from over the weekend was 3.02%. The state administered 98,891 tests and 2,985 came back positive. 

Hospitalizations decreased by seven people bringing the total to 524 patients. The death toll increased by 13 people. There are now 7,957 people who have died due to COVID-19. 

The state continues to vaccinate its population well. There are 977,061 people reported in CT to be fully vaccinated as of April 12. Overall, 52% of adults older than 16 years and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. 

UConn Health to hold Pfizer vaccine clinic for West Hartford Students

UConn Health officials announced Monday an opportunity for West Hartford students ages 16 and up to receive COVID-19 vaccines through the Farmington location.

The clinics will be held April 21 and April 24.

Appointments are available on a first-come-first-served basis and registration closes at noon on Tuesday, April 13.

*Note: These clinics are for West Hartford students only*

At these clinics, students will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is the only approved for use in people ages 16 and 17 at this time.

Officials say walk-ins will not be permitted and parents must accompany students under 18 to sign a “consent to treat” form.

License of school ID is required, as well as an insurance card if they have coverage. However, insurance is not mandatory for the COVID-19 vaccine in Connecticut. 

Click here to register and make an appointment. 

Students will have their second vaccine appointments scheduled for a special clinic at UConn Health as well, officials said.

Location: UConn Health Outpatient Pavilion, 135 Dowling Way, Farmington

Parking is available in the garage, and from there students and their guardians should walk across to the first floor and follow signage to the clinic.

Vernon offers free COVID-19 vaccines to any Connecticut resident

Town of Vernon COVID-19 vaccination clinics are now open to all people who live or work in Connecticut. The town will have three Moderna clinics this week at the Vernon Senior Center that people can sign up for. People receiving a vaccination will automatically get their second dose appointment.

Links to sign-up for clinics are on our webpage at:

https://www.vernon-ct.gov/covid-19/clinics

Branford Summer Jazz Concert Series cancelled

Officials say the town's summer staple will not take place this year, as the country and state continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

"With devastation and heartbreak, we regret to announce that the 2021 Branford Jazz Series will be postponed to the summer of 2022," the committee said.

According to the event's director Alex Palluzzi, Jr and Assistant Director Dale B Izzo, it was determined the risk of hosting the 2021 festival was not a chance worth taking. 

The Summer Jazz Concert Series has come to the town green for over a decade.

"The Branford Jazz community is unlike any other in the jazz music industry and we believe that we can reemerge from this adversity stronger and better connected than ever before," they wrote.

For more information on the artists you can expect to see in 2022, click here.

April 11

Connecticut issues guidelines for proms, graduation events

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — High school proms and graduation ceremonies can take place in Connecticut this spring but should observe precautions to avoid becoming super-spreader events. The Department of Public Health has released recommendations that include mask-wearing and social distancing even for those who have been vaccinated. Events also should be held outdoors with a scheduled rain date, rather than moving indoors. Schools holding indoor events should consider reducing capacity, health officials say. Also, delaying events until later in the school year or after the end of the school year will give more students the opportunity to be vaccinated.

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