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CT COVID-19 Updates: Positivity rate stays under 5%, hospitalizations down for 2nd day

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CONNECTICUT, USA — Updates from the fight against COVID-19 here in Connecticut

Jan. 22

Positivity rate stays under 5%, hospitalizations down for 2nd day

Governor Ned Lamont's office released Connecticut's latest COVID-19 statistics showing a second straight day of COVID-19 hospitalizations declining. 

Connecticut administered 40,958 tests and 2,019 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 4.93 percent. Hospitalizations decreased by 11 patients since Thursday, bringing the total number of patients being treated for the virus to 1,058. 

There were 45 new COVID-19 related deaths reported. Connecticut's death toll is now 6,819 people. 

Norwich encouraging people 75 and older to register for vaccination

In a press release from the city of Norwich, officials are encouraging people 75 years and older to register for a vaccination. The Rose City Senior Center has been helping people register by setting up email accounts and enrolling them in VAMS. 

Officials say residents may call the center on January 25 and January 26 to schedule an appointment. 

Appointments will be on Jan.26 and Jan.27. To make an appointment call the Rose City Senior Center at 860-889-5960. 

For more information, click here

Jan. 21 

Current hospitalizations drop by 55 patients, positivity rate down 

The COVID-19 statistics were released Thursday showing a decrease in hospitalizations and positivity rate.

Connecticut administered 38,957 tests and 1,662 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 4.27 percent. Current hospitalizations decreased by 55 patients since Wednesday. There are now 1,1069 people being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital. 

There were 48 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths reported. Connecticut's death toll is now 6,774 people.  

USL announces 2021 regular season to start around May 1

The United Soccer League announced the 2021 regular season will begin on or about May 1. This decision comes after the league's Board of Governors meeting.

The 32 games will run across 27 weeks through the end of October. The playoffs are scheduled for November. 

The Board of Governors approved for teams to play anywhere between April 24 and May 15. More information on scheduling and divisional alignment will be released in the next coming months. 

Jan. 20 

COIVD-19 positivity rate rises to over 6%, hospitalizations down

Governor Ned Lamont's office released today's COVID-19 statistics for Connecticut showing a slight increase in positivity rate and a decrease in hospitalizations. 

Connecticut administered 30,461 tests and 1,915 came back positive. The positivity rate for Wednesday was 6.26%. Current hospitalizations saw a decrease by 17 people since Tuesday. There are now 1,124 patients in the hospital for COVID-19. 

There were 44 new reported COVID-19 related deaths bringing the state death toll to 6,726 people. 

Jan. 19 

Positivity rate rises slightly to 5.65, seven-day average about 5.3%

Connecticut's positivity rate rose slightly Tuesday, along with hospitalizations. The state administered 37,033 tests and 2,094 tests came back positive. The positivity rate reported Tuesday was 5.65%. Governor Ned Lamont added the seven-day average for positivity rate is about 5.3%. 

There was also a slight rise in hospitalizations reported Tuesday. Since Monday, there have been 27 new COVID-19 patients admitted into the hospital.  Connecticut has 1,141 people hospitalized for the virus. There have 220,820 doses of vaccinations distributed throughout the state. Connecticut ranks

Connecticut reported 12 more COVID-19 related deaths bringing the death toll to 6,682 people. 

Jan. 18

CT positivity rate drops to 4.85%, hospitalizations increase

Governor Ned Lamont's office released the latest COVID-19 statistics from over the weekend showing a decrease in positivity rate since Thursday. 

Connecticut administered 138,085 tests and 6,703 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of about 4.85 percent. There were 16 new patients reported to be hospitalized, bring the total hospitalizations to 1,114 people. 

There were 76 new reported COVID-19 related deaths reported over the weekend. Connecticut has now lost 6,670 people to COVID-19.

UConn Men's Basketball game Vs. Xavier postponed

STORRS, Conn. – The Xavier-at-UConn men's basketball game, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20 at Gampel Pavilion, has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Xavier program.

As this time, no makeup date has been announced.  

The game is the eighth on UConn's schedule that has been postponed or canceled due to COVID-related issues.

Vaccine mix-up leads some teachers to sign up early

Hundreds of Connecticut schoolteachers were able to sign up for coronavirus vaccine appointments before they were actually eligible, due to confusion over the rollout rules. State Health Department spokesperson Maura Fitzgerald tells The Hartford Courant in a story published Monday that the issue arose after some school districts mistakenly put their entire staff rosters into a registration system when the state actually had asked only for lists of school nurses. The nurses were eligible for vaccination as health care providers. Teachers in those districts got automated emails confirming their registrations. That enabled them to make appointments to get the shots, and an unknown number did so.