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CT COVID-19 update: Slight increase in hospitalizations, positivity rate dips to 3.5%

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

April 2

Slight increase in hospitalizations, decrease in positivity rate 

The governor's office released the latest COVID-19 statistics ahead of the weekend showing a slight increase in hospitalizations but a decrease in the state's positivity rate.

Connecticut reported on Thursday it administered 44,111 tests and 1,542 came back positive, putting the positivity rate at 3.5%.

Connecticut is in the top 10 states in terms of cases. Gov. Ned Lamont cites how Connecticut tests a lot more than other states. 

Hospitalizations increased by seven people since Thursday, bringing the total number of patients just below 500. There are now 499 people being treated in the hospital for COVID-19. 

There were four new reported COVID-19 related deaths bringing Connecticut's death toll to 7,904 people.

April 1

Hospitalizations decreased as the positivity rate remains above 4%

The Governor's office released the latest COVID-19 statistics showing a high positivity rate but a decrease in hospitalizations.

Connecticut reported on Thursday it administered 35,538 tests and 1,580 came back positive. The positivity rate was about 4.45%. CT is in the top 10 states in terms of cases. Gov. Lamont cites how CT tests a lot more than other states. 

Hospitalizations decreased by 21 people since Wednesday, bringing the total number of patients below 500. There are now 492 people being treated in the hospital for COVID-19. 

There were 14 new reported COVID-19 related deaths bringing Connecticut's death toll to 7,900 people. Gov. Lamont says the state on average is losing five people a day to the virus. In terms of fatalities, Gov. Lamont says the state ranks 35th in the nation. 

On April 1, residents in the state 16 years and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. The state continues to vaccinate well with 733,931 residents being fully vaccinated. 

With the help of federal aid, Connecticut official predicts $180 million surplus.

Comptroller Kevin Lembo in his monthly financial and economic update, projected a General Fund surplus of $180.6 million for FY 2021, citing recent economic improvements owed to federal reliefs efforts and continued mass vaccinations.

"Connecticut’s economy has been gradually improving in recent months primarily due to a thriving housing market and strong performances in the stock market. Recent federal stimulus efforts, and the continued rollout of vaccinations, have aided the state’s recovery. Connecticut’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by a seven percent annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2020, the fourth-highest in the nation and the highest in the northeast."

"While Connecticut is experiencing modest job growth and an increase in consumer spending, the greatest benefits of the economic recovery are still concentrated in high-wage sectors and are not reaching everyone equally."

Danbury High School to host vaccination clinic for students. 

Danbury High School partnering with Community Health Center Inc. will be hosting a vaccine clinic for all eligible students, those 16 years old and up. 

Those under 18 must have guardian consent. 

The clinics will be held on April 24th from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and on April 25th from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Parents can expect an email from the high school with more information. 

March 31

Positivity rate falls back to under 4%; hospitalizations decrease

Connecticut reported it administered 22,237 tests on Wednesday and 832 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 3.74%. A significant drop from Tuesday's 5.26%. 

Hospitalizations also declined slightly, with the total number of patients falling to 513. 

The state reported one COVID-19 related death which brings Connecticut's death toll to 7,886 people. 

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Some New Haven schools listed below will have an asynchronous day of learning on April 1 due to the number of staff who received their second vaccination shot. 

Brennan Rogers, Celentano, Clemente, Conte West Hills, Columbus, J . Daniels, J. Martinez, East Rock, Edgewood, Hooker Elementary, Hooker Middle, Jepson, Nathan Hale, Bl. Obama, Ross Woodward, Wexler Grant, Bishop Woods, King Robinson.

Although these schools are closed, we will be distributing meals at the schools on Thursday. from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

March 30

Positivity rate soars to over 5%, hospitalizations continue to rise

Connecticut's COVID-19 metrics continue to rise after several weeks of significant decline. 

The state reported on Tuesday it had administered 30,715 tests and 1,617 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 5.26%. 

Hospitalizations are higher than 500 patients for the first time in weeks. The state currently has 518 people being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital. 

COVID-19 related deaths saw two new cases reported, bringing the state death toll to 7,885 people. 

CT ranks 4th in country in terms of COVID-19 cases per 100K, according to CDC data

As Connecticut continues to vaccinate its population while planning to reopen its businesses, cases continue to rise.

According to the CDC's data tracker, Connecticut ranks fourth in the nation over the last seven days in terms of cases per 100,000 people. 

Connecticut only falls behind New Jersey, Florida, and New York. The state currently has 8,651 cases per 100K. 

During a recent press conference in New Britain, Gov. Lamont said the state is watching its COVID-19 metrics "like a hawk." 

The Governor added that Connecticut has tested than most states in the Union but did acknowledge the metrics trending upward. 

"Our region is ticking up and it's also ticking up in terms of fatalities, we have to watch very carefully," said Gov. Lamont. "It is worth noting New York, New Jersey, Mass. - all of our neighbors - are in the top 10 in terms of fatalities in (the United States) right now in this period of time. Connecticut is 33 or 34, we are much lower because I think we were smart, we prioritized (vaccine distribution) based on age, we got the vast majority of people over the age of 50 vaccinated. If you want to know what really concerns me, it's fatalities and I think the state has done a pretty good job keeping it below the average."

The CDC reports California, Texas, Florida, New York, and New Jersey are among the top states in the country in terms of COVID-19 related deaths. 

March 29

Hartford to host walkup COVID-19 Vaccine clinics for residents

The city of Hartford announced it will host walk-up vaccine clinics throughout the city beginning this week, open only to Hartford residents.

Officials said no appointment will be needed The first clinic will be at the Walmart at 495 Flatbush Avenue on Thursday, April 1st between 2 PM – 6:30 PM and will aim to vaccinate 200 residents.

No insurance is required, but residents are asked to bring some form of identification to demonstrate they live in Hartford. Details of future clinics are being finalized.

“We’re bringing the vaccine to our community every way possible, and now that everyone is eligible, we think it’s important to be able to offer clinics with no appointment required,” said Mayor Luke Bronin. “We have a long way to go to vaccinate our entire community, and we’re going to continue to do everything we can to make it as easy as possible for our residents.”

COVID-19 hospitalizations near 500 patients

Connecticut administered 91,407 tests over the weekend and 3,339 came back positive. The positivity rate this weekend was 3.53%. 

Hospitalizations continue to increase, nearing 500 patients for the first time in weeks. As of Monday, there are now 498 patients being treated for COVD-19 in Connecticut. 

There were 42 COVID-19 related deaths reported over the weekend. The state's death toll has reached 7,883 people. 

FEMA deploys mobile vaccination unit in Bridgeport

Governor Ned Lamont is in Bridgeport to announce the deployment of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s first-in-the-nation COVID-19 mobile vaccination unit. Connecticut was selected by FEMA to be the first state in the country to receive one of these units, which consists of two mobile trailers. It will be on loan to the state for the next 60 days and it will be deployed to targeted communities based on the social vulnerability index. Today, the unit will be holding its first clinic at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

FEMA's first-in-the-nation mobile vaccination unit

Governor Ned Lamont will hold a news conference in Bridgeport at 11 a.m. to announce the deployment of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s first-in-the-nation COVID-19 mobile vaccination unit.

According to a release, Connecticut was selected by FEMA to be the first state in the country to receive one of these units, which consists of two mobile trailers.

It will be on loan to the state for the next 60 days and it will be deployed to targeted communities based on the social vulnerability index

The first clinic will be held Monday the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

Mass vaccination site to open on UConn Storrs campus Monday

UConn Health is opening up a new mass vaccination site for the general public in Hawley Armory on the UConn Storrs campus.

Appointments can be made online via UConn's My-Chart website or by calling the UConn Health vaccine scheduling line.

Officials say access to Hawley Armory from Route 195 will be clearly marked.

Vaccine outreach efforts to target 10 Connecticut cities

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Workers will go door to door in 10 Connecticut cities starting this spring to urge residents to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Gov. Ned Lamont's administration announced the plans Friday. The governor's office says teams will focus on reaching people in high-needs areas. The state also is expanding its call center services to help residents secure appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. About $5.3 million is budgeted for the call center. The door-to-door outreach will cost up to $2.9 million.  

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