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Governor Lamont Provides Update on Connecticut’s Coronavirus Response Efforts

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 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2021:

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)

284,500

+878

COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)

6,874,226

+47,132

Daily Test Positivity

--

1.86%

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19

433

-18

COVID-19 Associated Deaths

7,693

+15

County-by-county breakdown of current COVID-19 hospitalizations:

County

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Fairfield County

129

Hartford County

102

Litchfield County

6

Middlesex County

11

New Haven County

153

New London County

25

Tolland County

2

Windham County

5

Total

433

For a series of interactive graphs and maps that provide additional data, including metrics related to age, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as data broken down by every town and city in Connecticut, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “Data Tracker.”

Data updates on vaccine administration in Connecticut

The following data represents the total number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Connecticut, as reported to the state as of today:

Dose

Total Administered

First doses administered

681,488

Second doses administered

361,046

Total

1,042,534

*NOTE: This data does not include 155 J&J vaccinations

So far, the following age groups have received at least their first dose:

  • 74 percent over the age of 75
  • 59 percent between the ages of 65 and 74
  • 17 percent between the ages of 55 and 64

Those who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine under Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccination program include all individuals over the age of 55, as well as all healthcare personnel, medical first responders, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, residents and staff of select congregate settings, and preK-12 school staff and professional childcare providers. Over the coming weeks, eligibility will expand based on age according to the following schedule:

  • March 22, 2021: Expands to ages 45 to 54
  • April 12, 2021: Expands to ages 35 to 44
  • May 3, 2021: Expands to ages 16 to 34

Information on Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccination program is available at ct.gov/covidvaccine.

Weekly update on the impact of COVID-19 on nursing homes and assisted living facilities

The following documents contain the weekly data regarding each of the nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Connecticut that have reported positive cases of COVID-19 among their residents. The data is presented as it was reported to the state by each of the facilities.

Weekly update of the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Alert Map: 104 of 169 municipalities in red zone alert level

The Connecticut Department of Public Health today released its weekly COVID-19 Alert Map, which indicates that 104 of 169 towns and cities in Connecticut are currently in the red zone alert level, the highest of the state’s four alert levels.

The color-coded zones include:

  • Red: Indicates case rates over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population
  • Orange: Indicates case rates between 10 to 14 cases per 100,000 population
  • Yellow: Indicates case rates between 5 and 9 per 100,000 population
  • Gray: Indicates case rates lower than five per 100,000 population

The weekly alert map is also accompanied by a chart that provides guidance on recommended actions based on the alert levels for individual residents; institutions such as schools, houses of worship, and community organizations; and municipal leaders and local health directors.

The COVID-19 Alert Map is updated every Thursday afternoon and can be found in the Data Tracker page of the state’s coronavirus website at ct.gov/coronavirus.

Additional 3 cases of B.1.1.7 variant reported in Connecticut, bringing statewide total confirmed to 66

The Connecticut Department of Public Health today announced that an additional 3 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19, commonly known as the UK variant, have been reported among Connecticut residents, bringing the statewide total number of confirmed cases of this variant to 66.

The specimen collection dates for these newly identified cases are from between February 10 and February 14, 2021, and the individuals involved range in age from 35 to 95 years old. The cases were detected by the Connecticut State Public Health Laboratory with new sequencing technology and capabilities that were recently acquired for the state’s ongoing efforts to enhance the ability to screen for variants of COVID-19.

The 3 individuals are residents of the following towns:

  • Greenwich (1)
  • Watertown (2)

Governor Lamont signs 91st executive order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Governor Lamont today signed another executive order – the 91st since he enacted the emergency declarations – that builds upon his efforts to encourage mitigation strategies that slow down transmission of the virus. Executive Order No. 10B enacts the following provisions:

  • Early opening of 2021 fishing season: Orders Connecticut’s 2021 fishing season to open effective immediately, ahead of the scheduled date of April 10.

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus. Residents can also subscribe to text message alerts from the state by texting the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Anyone who is out-of-state or requires a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms are strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

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