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CT COVID-19 Updates: Positivity rate rises to 3.92%, hospitalizations up

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


Feb. 23

Positivity rate up for Tuesday to 3.92%, hospitalizations rise

COVID-19 hospitalizations increased on Tuesday by 11 people, bringing the total 511 patients. This is the first increase in hospitalizations in days. 

The state positivity rate also increased on Tuesday. Connecticut administered 34,656 tests and 1,357 came back positive yielding a positivity rate of 3.92%.

There were 10 new reported COVID-19 related deaths. Connecticut's death toll has now reached 7,572 people. 

Hartford Healthcare to hold series of webinars on COVID-19 vaccine

Hartford HealthCare hopes to ease concerns and help people learn more about the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Join our interactive class, “The COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Need To Know,” from the comfort of your home on your computer, tablet or phone and learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine from our experts.

In this free, live webinar, join Greg Jones, Vice President of Community Health & Engagement; Keith Grant, APRN, Hartford HealthCare Senior System Director of Infection Prevention; Dr. Faiqa Cheema, Director of Transplant Infectious Disease at Hartford Hospital; and Dr. Sam Pope, Chief of Pulmonary Disease at Hartford Hospital, to learn more about the COVID vaccine and what you need to know. They will talk about the facts and myths about the COVID-19 vaccination; who is eligible and when; and where and how you will be able to receive the vaccination. A live question-and-answer session with the experts will follow the presentation.

Upcoming dates for the webinar include:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 3, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 10, 6:30-8 p.m.

COVID-19 metrics from over the weekend continue to trend down

Gov. Lamont gave updates on Connecticut's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Connecticut administered 86,401 over the weekend and 2,233 tests came back positive, yielding a positivity rate of 2.58%. 

Hospitalizations continued to drop bringing the total number of COVID-19 patients the lowest it has been in months. As of Monday, there are 500 patients in the hospital for COVID-19. 

There were 39 reported COVID-19 associated deaths bringing the death too to 7,562 people. 

Connecticut is also continuing to vaccinate its population well and ranks fifth in the nation. As of Monday, there have been 826,125 vaccines administered. 

It was announced earlier Monday the age groups that are next in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. People ages 55-64 will be able to schedule vaccine appointments starting March 1. 

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Feb. 22

State, nonprofit partner on vaccine outreach to minorities

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is partnering with a Hartford-based nonprofit organization that advocates for health equity to reach out to more than 10,000 minority residents over the next three months and dispel myths about the COVID-19 vaccine. The arrangement announced Friday is part of the state’s efforts to reach out to Black and Latino communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and may be reticent to get vaccinated.  Meanwhile, school superintendent accused of cutting the line at a coronavirus vaccination clinic along with others who should not have been eligible to received COVID-19 vaccine has been placed on administrative leave.

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