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CT COVID-19 Updates: Hospitalizations continue to drop; positivity rate increases slightly

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

June 18

Hospitalizations continue to drop; positivity rate increases slightly

Governor Ned Lamont's office released the latest COVID-19 numbers for Friday. 

Connecticut reported it had administered 15,695 tests and 70 came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 0.45%. This is up slightly from Thursday's 0.3%. 

Hospitalizations continue to drop to their lowest numbers since the beginning of the pandemic. Currently, there are 33 patients being treated for the virus in the hospital. 

There were four COVID-19 related deaths reported on Friday. The state death toll has now reached 8,270 people.

June 17

Hospitalizations drop to the lowest since March 2020

Connecticut reported on Thursday it administered 11,801 tests and 35 came back positive. The positivity rate came back as 0.3%.

According to Gov. Lamont, hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients are at their lowest since March 18, 2020, with 37. 

There was one COVID-19 related death reported Thursday. The state death toll has now reached 8,266 people. 

Connecticut almost has 2 million people fully vaccinated in the state. As of June 17, there are 1,989,875 residents fully vaccinated. . 

June 16

Positivity rate drops below 0.38%, hospitalizations stay the same

Gov. Lamont's office released the latest COVID-19 statistics to show the positivity rate drop even lower on Wednesday. 

Connecticut administered 10,187 tests on Wednesday and 39 came back positive for COVID-19. The positivity rate was about 0.38%. 

Hospitalizations remained at 50 patients and there were two COVID-19 related deaths reported. The state death toll has now reached 8,265 people. 

June 15

Positivity rate remains below 1%, hospitalizations remain the same

Connecticut reported on Tuesday that it administered 8,536 tests and 56 came back positive, yielding a slightly higher positivity rate from over the weekend. The positivity rate for Tuesday was 0.66%

Hospitalizations remained the same from the weekend with 50 patients. COVID-19 related deaths also remained the same. Currently, the state death toll stands at 8,263 people. 

Chief Operating Officer Josh Geballe released more state statistics for COVID-19 in CT. 

Connecticut has 1.5 daily cases per 100,000, which is the third-lowest in the country right now. Also, the state is averaging one death per day.

June 14

Hospitalizations drop to 50, positivity rate drops to .35%

The Governor's office released the latest COVID-19 statistics on Monday showing another low positivity rate and hospitalizations at 50. 

Connecticut reported it administered 32,498 tests and  115 came back positive. The positivity rate was about 0.35%, the lowest it has been in months. 

Hospitalizations were down over the weekend. There are 50 patients being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital. 

There were two COVID-19 related death on Friday. The state death toll has now reached 8,263 people.


June 13

Drug overdoses rise in NH; Hospitalizations in MA drop

As the number of COVID-19 cases have fallen and restrictions have been dropped in New Hampshire, drug overdoses are on the rise in some cities. American Medical Response says suspected overdoses in Manchester and Nashua rose by 26% in May. WMUR-TV reports that the 72 suspected overdoses was the most in a single month since June 2019. AMR Regional Director Chris Stawasz says overdoses decreased during the pandemic since more people were inside. In Massachusetts, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has dropped to fewer than 150 patients for the first time since Aug. 23, 2020.

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