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CT COVID-19 Updates: 89% of Conn. long-term care workers fully vaccinated; some towns drop mask mandates

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

HARTFORD, Conn. —

October 16

89% of long-term care workers fully vaccinated

Data released by the state Department of Public Health on Friday show 89% of the more than 61,000 long-term care workers in Connecticut required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 under Gov. Ned Lamont’s executive order were fully vaccinated as of Oct. 8.

DPH said that 7% of those employees subject to the Governor's mandate are partially vaccinated. Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities across the state reported around 2,850 workers were unvaccinated because they had medical or religious exemptions or they were unvaccinated for other reasons. Meanwhile, the state health department said depending on final federal approval, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots could be ready to begin as soon as Oct. 22.

Towns dropping mask mandates

Manchester was one of many towns that implemented a mandate to wear masks in public settings back in August. But not anymore; the mandate was lifted on Friday. 

And Manchester is not alone. Danbury also dropped their mask mandate on Friday, and so did the town of Brookfield. 

Manchester Mayor Jay Moran told FOX61 the town felt they were in a healthy place to lift the mandate after seeing improved COVID-19 numbers and having cases drop down to the yellow zone.

“We still recommend that you wear it inside but it’s not mandatory in businesses, only in our public buildings,” Moran said.

Neighboring East Hartford still has their mask mandate in place, as does South Windsor, just to the north. In a report issued Thursday, South Windsor's Town Manager said are watching the COVID numbers very closely. "We have been a yellow town for a little more than a week and need to be for another two full weeks before we can end the mask mandate. It is important to note that our community, while yellow, is surrounded by communities that are orange. There are multiple factors to this including the mask mandate and early vaccination efforts to name a few."

October 15

Latest COVID-19 Updates

Gov. Ned Lamont reported Friday that Connecticut administered 26,435 COVID-19 tests since yesterday.

494 tests came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 1.87% today.

Hospitalizations are down by 12, according to Lamont. The state's total number of patients is 232 ahead of the weekend.

On Thursday, the governor reported there were 40 related-deaths since last week.

October 14

Gov. Ned Lamont reported that as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Connecticut administered 40,775 COVID-19 tests since Wednesday.

244 tests came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 2.23% today.

Hospitalizations are down by 1 , according to Lamont. The state's total number of patients is 244 .

There have been 40 deaths reported since last Thursday

Lamont's office also reported that 2,567,064 1st doses have been administered and 2,374,148 residents were fully vaccinated

October 13

Gov. Ned Lamont reported that as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Connecticut administered 15,747  COVID-19 tests since Tuesday.

240 tests came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 1.52% today.

Hospitalizations are up by 11 , according to Lamont. The state's total number of patients is 245.

October 12

Gov. Ned Lamont reported that as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Connecticut administered 74,213 COVID-19 tests since last Friday.

1,473 tests came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 1.98% today.

Hospitalizations did not change over the weekend, according to Lamont. The state's total number of patients remains at 234.

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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

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