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CT COVID-19 Updates: Positivity rate declines to under 3%, hospitalizations continue to increase

Find developments on the coronavirus outbreak in Connecticut as we work together to keep safe and healthy.
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March 26

COVID-19 positivity rate drops below 3%, hospitalizations rise again

The positivity rate on Friday was about 2.85%, a significant drop from the previous days. Connecticut administered 59,630 tests and 1,699 came back positive. 

Hospitalizations continue to rise in the state, increasing by 22 people since Thursday. There are now 456 patients being treated for COVID-19 in the state. 

There were three more COVID-19 related deaths reported, bringing the death toll for Connecticut to 7,865 people. 

Post University announces in-person classes for fall semester

President John Hopkins of Post University issued a letter to the community Thursday night, announcing the school plans on having in-person learning for the fall semester:

"I am pleased to share with you the news that Post is preparing to offer the full range of in-person instruction and on-campus activities this fall. I know this news may be early, but in the spirit of transparency and allowing you to plan accordingly, I want you to be aware of our intentions. The federal government now projects that every adult in the United States will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine by May/June. Therefore, we anticipate that many of the COVID-19 constraints under which we operate today will be relaxed as the pandemic subsides following mass vaccination efforts."

March 25

COVID-19 positivity rate declines slightly, hospitalizations continue to climb

Connecticut reported on Thursday that it administered 38,387 tests and 1,489 came back positive. The positivity rate declined slightly to 3.88%. 

Hospitalizations continued to increase with 22 new patients reported on Thuesday. The state now has 434 total patients being treated for the virus. 

There were 10 more COVID-19 related deaths reported Thursday, bringing the death toll to 7,862 people. 

Connecticut continues to vaccinate well with 38% of adults 16 years and older have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In total, the state has administered 1,680,671 doses. 

March 24

Positivity rate remains over 4%; hospitalizations increase again

Connecticut administered 33,848 tests Wednesday and 1,457 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of about 4.3%.

Hospitalizations increased for the second day in a row, this time by nine people. There are now currently 412 patients being treated for the virus in the hospital. 

The death rate rose again in Connecticut by seven more people. The state's death toll has reached 7,852 people. 

CT has received 2M+ doses of COVI9-19 vaccine

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, some 2,070,805 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered in Connecticut by the federal government.

Of those, more than 1.7 million doses have been administered to state residents - representing about 82% of the supply.

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Wilby High in Waterbury goes remote due to staff shortage

Wilby High School had 27 teachers out on Tuesday in self-isolation, quarantine or experiencing side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The staffing shortage led officials to transition to remote learning, effective immediately, through this Friday, March 26. Students will return to in-person learning on Monday, March 29. 

The school will continue to serve as a distribution site for meals throughout the rest of the week. Meals will be available for pick up from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Univ. of Hartford to hold in-person graduation ceremonies

The University of Hartford has announced that its May 2021 Commencement will consist of six separate ceremonies at the XL Center in downtown Hartford during the weekend of Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16.

According to details on their website, each of the ceremonies will be livestreamed and that the names of all graduating students will be read, regardless if they are celebrating in person or at home.

• Ceremony start times each day will be 8:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Each ceremony will be approximately 90 minutes in length, and the arena will be thoroughly sanitized and air circulated between ceremonies.

• Each ceremony will host no more than 400 students and two ticketed guests each, in order to comply with state-mandated capacity limits for the XL Center. 

• All graduates and guests will be required to wear face coverings at all times and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

• To celebrate the achievements of the doctoral students, UHart plans to host a small hooding ceremony on campus at a date to be announced.

• The UHart main campus will be open to graduating students and their guests on May 15–16 to allow graduates to take photos with their friends and families at their favorite outdoor campus locations at any point before or after their ceremony date and time that weekend.

You can learn more details on their website. 

March 23

COVID-19 positivity rate up to over 4%; hospitalizations increase

Connecticut reported it administered 20,009 tests and 898 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 4.49%. 

Hospitalizations have also increased by 14 people since Monday bringing the total number of patients being treated for COVID-19 to 403. 

There were four more COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday. Connecticut's death toll has now reached 7,845 people. 

March 22

At 4:00 p.m., Governor Ned Lamont held a news briefing to provide updates on the State of Connecticut’s coronavirus response efforts.

Connecticut administered 82,870 tests over the weekend and 2,976 came back positive. This yielding a positivity rate of about 3.59%. 

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 declined by 13 people since Friday, bringing the current number of patients to 389 patients. Deaths increased by nine new related deaths. Connecticut's death toll has reached 7,841 people. 

There have been 1,587,762 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Gov. Lamont said there have been 36% of all adults 16-years-old or older who have received a least one dose of the vaccine. 

The governor added Connecticut is on track to expand vaccines to all adults for April 5. 

Gov. Lamont touched on increasing the state's vaccine outreach to underserved communities with mobile vaccine vans. More equity programs will be announced in the next coming days. 

Credit: State of Connecticut

VA Connecticut Healthcare System COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Week of March 22

Wednesday, March 24 from 8am-5pm - Waterbury

  • Former St. Peter and Paul School, 116 Beecher Ave.
  • To schedule an appointment, call 203-932-5711 ext. 5627, 7784 or 7754.

March 23 and 25
at the West Haven Annex, 200 Edison Road/Pez Blvd. in Orange

  • Walk-ins from 11am-3pm.
  • To schedule an appointment, call 203-932-5711 ext. 5627, 7784 or 7754. 
  • Note: Vaccine has been given at this location since February. These are clinic times for this week.

March 26 at the Danbury War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive in Danbury

  • 8am-3:30pm (by appointment)
  • To schedule call 203-932-5711 ext. 5627, 7784 or 7754.

Key Information for Attendees:

  • Eligible veterans (any age) must be enrolled for care with VA to receive the vaccine. Veterans can apply online at https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/.
  • We are administering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Location will determine which vaccine you receive.
  • Availability is first come, first served at walk-in clinics.
  • Mask and physical distancing required. To maintain physical distancing, if possible, please don’t bring anyone with you to the clinic.