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CT COVID-19 Updates: Hospitalizations increase by 12 patients on Friday, positivity rate under 3%

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

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 13

Hospitalizations increase by 12 patients on Friday, positivity rate under 3%

On Friday, the Governor's office released Connecticut's latest COVID-19 statistics showing a decrease in positivity rate and increase in hospitalizations. 

Twelve more patients have been added to the current list of COVID-19 patients since Thursday. Connecticut now has 259 patients being treated for the virus. 

Connecticut reported it administered 20,236 tests and 542 came back positive. The positivity rate for Friday was 2.68%. 

August 12

Hospitalizations rise to over 240 patients; positivity rate high

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

There are now 247 patients being treated for the virus. This is a 17 patient increase since Wednesday. 

The state-administered 21,101 tests and 742 came back positive. The positivity rate on Thursday was 3.52%. 

Since last Thursday, August 5, there were 11 COVID-19 related deaths. The state death toll has now reached 8,307 people.

Connecticut has reported that 2,195,300 residents are now fully vaccinated with 2,389,092 first doses administered. Last week, there were 2,178,186 residents reported fully vaccinated.  

New Haven vaccine clinics close due to heat

New Haven Public Health announced three vaccine clinics will be closing early due to the heat. 

The New Haven Green clinic ends at 1 p.m. while the clinics at the New Flame Restoration Church and West Rock Community Center end at 3 p.m.

McDonald's hosts multi-town vaccination clinics. 

McDonald's announced they will be hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics in four towns Friday and Saturday. 

Those receiving their first doses will receive a $20 McDonald's gift card and a free ice cream cone. 

The clinics will be held Friday, August 13th from 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 14th from 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.

Here are the locations

  • The East Haven McDonald’s at 687 Main Street on Friday, 8/13
  • The Middletown McDonald’s at 914 Washington Street on Friday, 8/13
  • The New Haven McDonald’s at 250 Whalley Avenue on Saturday, 8/14
  • The Hartford McDonald’s at 1303 Albany Avenue on Saturday, 8/14

August 11

Connecticut reported on Wednesday that it administered 29,007 tests and 914 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of about 3.15%. 

Hospitalizations continue to rise in the state and currently sits at 230 patients. That was an increase of 11 since Tuesday.

Stamford, Bridgeport mayors reinstate mask protocols

The mayors of Bridgeport and Stamford have also reinstated mask protocols in the wake if rising infections. Mayor David Martin of Stamford said the cities mask requirement will go in effect on Thursday. Bridgeport's mandate went into effect on Wednesday. New Haven and Hartford also reinstated mask protocols this week. 

East Hartford mayor encourages mask-wearing

East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc is 'strongly encouraging' residents ages 2 and up to wear masks while inside. 

“We strongly encourage all businesses and organizations to adopt the Department of Public Health’s universal mask recommendation for indoor settings,” said Mayor Marcia Leclerc. “Businesses and organizations can help set the standard of protecting their employees and customers by implementing universal masking policies during this fourth wave of the pandemic.”

The request comes as Hartford, New Haven, and New London counties were all designated as 'high risk' for COVID-19 transmission as the delta variant continues its spread. 

If you have not received your vaccination, there is still time to do so. For a schedule of COVID vaccination clinics, please visit this link.

August 10

Hospitalizations continue to increase, positivity rate under 3%

Connecticut reported on Tuesday that it administered 9,637 tests and 275 came back positive. The positivity rate was about 2.85%. 

Hospitalizations continue to increase in the state and currently sits at 219 patients. This is the highest number of COVID-19 patients in months.

Norwalk requiring face coverings regardless of vaccination status starting on Aug. 13

The city of Norwalk announced on Tuesday that it will require indoor face coverings for all people regardless of their vaccination status. The executive order goes into effect on Friday, August 13 at 12:01 a.m. 

This order will mean all businesses in the city like bars, gyms, restaurants, and supermarkets must wear masks when physical distancing is not possible. 

“As the Delta Variant spreads, our case numbers and test positivity rate continue to climb to levels we have not seen in months. Last year, we began seeing a resurgence in cases in late September. However, we are starting to see that trend happen now. Transmission is high, and we are following the CDC guidelines,” Mayor Harry Rilling said. “While I believe a statewide policy, rather than 169 different approaches, makes the most sense as we see a resurgence of COVID-19, I felt it important to reinstate the mask mandate across Norwalk to help keep our residents safe. Wearing a mask, watching your distance, and washing your hands, are proven simple steps we can all take that have a big impact. I appreciate residents, employers, and customers for their continued cooperation.”

August 9

BAR- New Haven to require guests to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination 

Beginning on Friday, August 13, BAR- New Haven will require all guests to provide proof that they received a COVID-19 vaccine. A guest can also show a negative COVID-19 test result dated within 72 hours to gain entry. 

The restaurant is currently requiring all guests to wear masks. Mayor Justin Elicker issued a mask mandate for the city of New Haven that began on Monday. 

The CDC listed New Haven County as an area of "high" community transmission for COVID-19.

Latest COVID-19 statistics

Gov. Ned Lamont announced 38,702 tests were administered and 1,287 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 3.33%.

208 patients are currently being treated, which was an increase of 34 since the state's last report.

Enfield releases COVID-19 transmission reduction plan for town buildings 

Town officials announced policy changes that will go into effect in all Town buildings on Monday, August 9.

The changes are as follows:

  • Masks covering both nose and mouth must be worn by any person while inside any Town building, regardless of vaccination status
  • Town buildings open to the public by appointment only
  • Any member of the public who enters a Town building must complete COVID-19 Screening Questions

According to a release, plans are subject to change, and will be updated and reviewed as needed by Emergency Management, in coordination with the Town Manager and the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD).

August 8

Outbreak at Vermont day camp, masks return to NH campuses

The Vermont Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 at a Waterbury Parks and Recreation day camp. Officials say 13 campers, most of whom are under the age of 12 and therefore unvaccinated, have tested positive. None have become severely ill. Elsewhere in New England, both Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire are implementing new mask requirements as COVID-19 cases rise. And cyclists from 47 states and 11 countries are hoping to raise $52 million to fund cancer research and patient care as the annual Pan-Mass Challenge returns after a year off due to the pandemic.


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