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CT COVID-19 Updates: Positivity rate stays below 1% for second straight day

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HARTFORD, Conn. —

May 21

Positivity rate stays below 1% for second straight day

Connecticut reported it administered 18,425 tests Friday and 171 came back positive. The positivity rate again was 0.93%.

Hospitalizations decreased slightly since Thursday. There are now 140 patients being treated in the hospital for COVID-19.

 There were four more COVID-19 related deaths reported Friday. The state death toll has now reached 8,212 people. 

May 20

Positivity rate drops below 1% for Thursday

During his press conference Thursday, Gov. Ned Lamont's office released the latest COVID-19 statistics for the state. 

Connecticut reported it administered 22,265 tests and 206 came back positive. The positivity rate was 0.93% for the first time in months. 

Hospitalizations declined again by four people since Wednesday. There are now 141 patients being treated in the hospital for COVID-19. 

There were four COVID-19 related deaths reported on Thursday. The state death to has reached 8,208 people. 

Connecticut has fully vaccinated 1,731 879 residents or 49% of the overall population. About 57% of residents 18 years or older are fully vaccinated. 

May 19

COVID-19 hospitalizations decline to under 150 patients for first time in months

Connecticut reported it administered 19,088 tests on Wednesday and 228 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 1.19%. 

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients are the lowest they have been in months with 145 patients. 

There were six reported COVID-19 related deaths reported Wednesday. The state death toll has now reached 8,204 people. 

May 18

Hospitalizations decline again, positivity rate remains low

Gov. Ned Lamont's office released the latest COVID-19 statistics Tuesday showing a continued decline in the state's metrics. 

There were 7,239 tests administered and 81 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 1.12%. 

Hospitalizations declined by two patients since the weekend. There are now 168 patients in the hospital being treated for COVID-19. 

There were four COVID-19 related deaths reported Tuesday. The state death toll has reached 8,198 people. 

May 17

Positivity rate stays under 2%, CT surpasses 2M 1st doses

Connecticut administered 49,908 tests over the weekend and 662 came back positive. The positivity rate from the weekend was 1.33%. 

Hospitalizations dropped to 170 patients, which is the lowest number it has been in months. 

There were 21 COVID-19 related deaths reported from over the weekend. The state death toll has now reached 8,194 people. 

Connecticut has surpassed over 2 million people who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Overall, there are 1,685,650 residents who are fully vaccinated. 

Governor Ned Lamont also discussed when and where to wear a mask in CT following the CDC's guidelines of people who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear masks indoors. 

Below is the new face mask guidelines that go into effect on May 19: 

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