CT Coronavirus Updates: 121 More Deaths, 2,109 New Cases Reported

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CONNECTICUT — Connecticut had another 121 coronavirus-related deaths, 2,109 positive cases and a net gain of 23 hospitalizations reported Wednesday.

“Deaths are still disturbingly high and I'm tired of saying that,” said Gov. Ned Lamont, adding that the death figures are representative of where the state was three or four weeks ago.

Lamont said he is troubled by the high death ratio in the state. He said he believes one reason for the high rate is because Fairfield County was right next to the New York City epicenter.

Connecticut has the third-highest death ratio per capita in the country, behind only New York and New Jersey, according to an analysis by The New York Times.

Another reason for the high death rate is because Connecticut has a broader definition of a coronavirus-related deaths, Lamont said. Connecticut defines coronavirus-related deaths as, “COVID-19-associated deaths include persons who tested positive for COVID-19 around the time of death and persons who were not tested for COVID-19 whose death certificate lists COVID-19 disease as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death.”

Connecticut follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines; some other states have a narrower definition of what qualifies as a coronavirus-related death, Lamont said. The death figures should be clarified across the country in about a month.

The large number of new positive cases reported Wednesday was due to a catch-up period in testing. A total of 5,716 test results were reported.

Overall Summary

Total

Change Since Yesterday

COVID-19 Cases

22,469

+2,109

COVID-19-Associated Deaths

1,544

+121

Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19

1,972

+23

Patients tested for COVID-19

69,918

+5,726

Fairfield and New Haven counties continue to be well under control in terms of hospitalizations, Lamont said. Hartford County continues to creep up. Fairfield County saw a net gain of 14 hospitalizations, New Haven saw five fewer and Hartford saw 22 more hospitalizations.

The How We Feel app now has 32,000 users in Connecticut, which is the highest per capita in the country, Lamont said. The app has people take anonymous surveys about possible coronavirus symptoms, if they have had any potential known contact with infected people and whether they are following social distancing practices.

Businesses

Connecticut businesses received a total of 18,000 federal paycheck protection loans with an average loan amount of $225,000. Connecticut businesses got a total of $4.2 billion. Around 15,000 businesses didn’t get money.

More federal money is expected to be approved by Congress and businesses that have already applied for the program are urged to contact their banks to find our their status.

Contact Tracing With NY? Not So Fast, Lamont Says

Earlier in the day, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the tri-state area’s contact tracing effort would be led with the help of billionaire Michael Bloomberg. However, Lamont said that decision is still to be determined. Lamont said it’s too early to talk about a tri-state partnership and there is no formal agreement yet.

Contact tracing helps determine who has come into contact with someone who tests positive for the virus.

The state Department of Public Health has been reviewing different contact tracing methods for several weeks, including some online platforms that would modernize a 100-year-old process, said state COO Josh Geballe.

Lamont also said that Connecticut would run its tracing in-house and likely through the state’s regional health departments with help from state DPH.

See also: Connecticut Man, 26, Dies Due To Coronavirus

Connecticut Coronavirus Figures By County

County

COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19-Associated

Deaths

Fairfield County

9883

584

Hartford County

4128

442

Litchfield County

722

63

Middlesex County

525

53

New Haven County

5811

345

New London County

397

14

Tolland County

331

32

Windham County

122

4

Pending address validation

550

7

Total

22469

1544

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Town figures

Town

Cases

Andover

2

Ansonia

137

Ashford

9

Avon

37

Barkhamsted

10

Beacon Falls

31

Berlin

76

Bethany

16

Bethel

177

Bethlehem

7

Bloomfield

201

Bolton

9

Bozrah

4

Branford

209

Bridgeport

1514

Bridgewater

5

Bristol

288

Brookfield

120

Brooklyn

10

Burlington

18

Canaan

0

Canterbury

2

Canton

45

Chaplin

0

Cheshire

89

Chester

32

Clinton

27

Colchester

13

Colebrook

1

Columbia

5

Cornwall

2

Coventry

20

Cromwell

40

Danbury

1297

Darien

176

Deep River

8

Derby

78

Durham

18

East Granby

4

East Haddam

10

East Hampton

23

East Hartford

285

East Haven

240

East Lyme

35

East Windsor

22

Eastford

2

Easton

27

Ellington

27

Enfield

232

Essex

14

Fairfield

333

Farmington

97

Franklin

3

Glastonbury

133

Goshen

4

Granby

8

Greenwich

595

Griswold

10

Groton

36

Guilford

61

Haddam

17

Hamden

476

Hampton

0

Hartford

751

Hartland

4

Harwinton

19

Hebron

11

Kent

7

Killingly

17

Killingworth

11

Lebanon

11

Ledyard

8

Lisbon

4

Litchfield

14

Lyme

1

Madison

52

Manchester

262

Mansfield

10

Marlborough

26

Meriden

229

Middlebury

28

Middlefield

8

Middletown

245

Milford

402

Monroe

66

Montville

52

Morris

6

Naugatuck

125

New Britain

304

New Canaan

128

New Fairfield

93

New Hartford

13

New Haven

1253

New London

60

New Milford

171

Newington

160

Newtown

99

Norfolk

5

North Branford

53

North Canaan

2

North Haven

140

North Stonington

1

Norwalk

1358

Norwich

31

Old Lyme

10

Old Saybrook

17

Orange

46

Oxford

51

Plainfield

13

Plainville

77

Plymouth

33

Pomfret

7

Portland

41

Preston

2

Prospect

29

Putnam

9

Redding

55

Ridgefield

168

Rocky Hill

180

Roxbury

5

Salem

3

Salisbury

6

Scotland

0

Seymour

133

Sharon

11

Shelton

366

Sherman

11

Simsbury

59

Somers

48

South Windsor

65

Southbury

111

Southington

139

Sprague

2

Stafford

67

Stamford

2167

Sterling

2

Stonington

24

Stratford

461

Suffield

80

Thomaston

35

Thompson

11

Tolland

29

Torrington

230

Trumbull

260

Union

0

Vernon

99

Voluntown

3

Wallingford

157

Warren

3

Washington

15

Waterbury

953

Waterford

84

Watertown

61

West Hartford

216

West Haven

580

Westbrook

14

Weston

56

Westport

221

Wethersfield

104

Willington

4

Wilton

135

Winchester

29

Windham

30

Windsor

224

Windsor Locks

31

Wolcott

51

Woodbridge

81

Woodbury

28

Woodstock

10

This article originally appeared on the Across Connecticut Patch

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