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Connecticut COVID Update: Additional 2,043 and 39 Hospitilizations Since Yesterday

As the State of Connecticut continues taking actions in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates as of 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2020:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary

Total

Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases (confirmed and probable)

97,028

+2,042

COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)

2,854,185

+34,135

Daily Test Positivity

 

5.98%

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19

816

+39

COVID-19 Associated Deaths

4,784

+13

County-by-county breakdown:

County

COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 Deaths

COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Confirmed

Probable

Confirmed

Probable

Fairfield County

29,809

2,560

1,140

323

243

Hartford County

22,794

1,360

1,214

330

182

Litchfield County

3,129

252

134

21

15

Middlesex County

2,775

160

158

39

21

New Haven County

22,411

1,704

1,003

169

304

New London County

4,966

146

120

37

42

Tolland County

2,264

231

56

15

1

Windham County

2,019

40

24

1

8

Pending address validation

362

46

0

0

0

Total

90,529

6,499

3,849

935

816

For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “COVID-19 Data Tracker.”

PURA extends COVID-19 payment program enrollment date

Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) is reminding all customers that the enrollment period for the COVID-19 Payment Program for both residential and non-residential customers is extended through at least February 9, 2021. Further, the Winter Protection Program, which protects eligible households against head source shut-offs during the winter months, is also in effect from November 1, 2020 through May 1, 2021.

PURA encourages customers experiencing difficulty paying their utility bills to contact their utility company and ask:

  • First, whether the residential customer is eligible to be “coded hardship” and enrolled in the Winter Protection Program.
  • Second, if ineligible for hardship status or a non-residential customer, to enroll in a COVID-19 Payment Plan.

All customers with past due balances are eligible to avoid utility shut-offs by enrolling in one of the programs provided by the state-regulated water, electric and gas utilitiesOperation Fuel, or the Connecticut Department of Social Services.

Importantly, no customer actively enrolled in a COVID-19 Payment Program can have their service terminated for non-payment. COVID-19 payment plans are available to any residential or non-residential customer requesting assistance, without demonstrating financial need; require no initial or down payment, can be up to 24 months in length; waive any fees or interest in the calculation of the monthly payment amount; and facilitate the repayment of the past due balances in addition to the customer’s monthly bill.

For more information, customers should contact their utility company or PURA’s Consumer Affairs office.

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