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CT COVID-19 Updates: Positivity rate back below 2%, hospitalizations continue to rise

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

July 23

Connecticut reported that 12,257 COVID-19 tests were administered on Friday and 212 came back positive. The positivity rate is at 1.73%. 

Hospitalizations also increased by 10 patients since Thursday. There are now 76 patients being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital. 

On Thursday, Governor Lamont reported the state's death toll increased by four residents since July 15. The state death toll has now reached 8,286 people. 

2,142,821 residents in Connecticut are now fully vaccinated, according to Thursday's data.

July 22

Positivity rate, hospitalizations continues to rise

Connecticut reported on Thursday another increase in COVID-19 positivity rate and hospitalizations. 

The state said it administered 13,270 tests on Thursday and 295 came back positive. The positivity rate was 2.22%. 

Hospitalizations also increased by eight patients since Wednesday. There are now 66 patients being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital. 

The death toll has increased by four residents since July 15. The state death toll has now reached 8,286 people. 

There are now 2,142,821 residents in Connecticut who are fully vaccinated.

Sub base dials back reopening amid rising state infections

Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) has been directed to increase its Force Health Protection Condition (HPCON) from Alpha to Bravo.

The transition will begin immediately.

In HPCON Bravo, gathering size in large activities, such as the gymnasium, and for events may be limited. Activities and event organizers will post or promote any newly required capacity restrictions and will work through the SUBASE Emergency Management team for any exception requests. The SUBASE Racquetball Courts are also closed until further notice, and use of the SUBASE Pool will require appointments.

Moreover, in HPCON Bravo, some military personnel may be required to follow more restricted guidance by order of their commanding officers. Military and civilian personnel with any questions or concerns should contact their chain of command.

July 21

Positivity rate drops to 1.95% 

Connecticut reported it administered 11,683 tests and 228 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 1.95%. 

Hospitalizations increased by four patients since Tuesday. There are now a total of 58 patients being treated for COVID-19 in the state.

East Hartford Social Services continues to accept renters rebate

East Hartford Social Services reminded residents Wednesday that they are continuing to accept applications for the Renters Rebate Program. 

The Program is run by the State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management and provides the opportunity for eligible elderly and disabled renters to receive a small refund check based off the cost of their rent and utilities in 2020.  

The application period runs from April 1, 2021 to October 1, 2021. 

Eligibility requirements are that the resident is 65 years old or older, or 100% disabled and 18 years old or older by December 31, 2020. 

The application requires income and expense documentation for 2020, with details available online through the applications link here. 

Applications must be signed and returned to Social Services with all necessary information via email to socialservices@easthartfordct.gov, by mail, placed in green drop box in Town Hall Parking lot or by visiting the office in the Town Hall.  

Residents can also call the department at 860-291-7248 to request an application be mailed to them or set up an in-person or phone appointment.

July 20

Positivity rate increased to 2.71% 

Connecticut reported it administered 8,055 tests and 218 came back positive. The positivity rate from over the weekend was 2.71%, the highest it has been in weeks. 

Hospitalizations have also increased by four patients since Monday. There are now a total of 54 patients being treated for COVID-19 in the state.

July 19 

Positivity rate increased to 1.53% from over the weekend

Connecticut reported it administered 26,798 tests and 409 came back positive. The positivity rate from over the weekend was 1.53%, the highest it has been in weeks. 

Hospitalizations have also increased by six patients since last Friday. There are now 50 patients being treated for COVID-19 in the state. Hartford County has the most hospitalizations with 20 people, followed by New Haven County with 14 people. 

July 18

Court blocks order lifting CDC virus rules on cruise ships

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked a judge’s ruling that sided with a Florida lawsuit challenging U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pandemic regulations for cruise ship operation. The one-paragraph decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was filed at 11:50 p.m. Saturday, just minutes before a Tampa judge’s previous ruling was to take effect. The judges’ issuance of a temporary stay keeps the CDC regulations regarding Florida-based cruise ships in place while the CDC appeals the Tampa judge's June decision. The Florida lawsuit claims the CDC’s multiple-step process to allow cruising from Florida is overly burdensome.

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