CONNECTICUT — Connecticut's coronavirus trends stayed mostly stable Friday with hospitalizations and the positive test rate seeing an increase, but remaining within what has become normal for the state since Thanksgiving.
The infection rate was 6.28 percent on Thursday, and it increased to 8.46 percent on Friday.
Hospitalizations increased by 22 patients up to 1,109, but the number has stayed mostly stable since early December.
Current hospitalizations by county:
Hartford County, 341; New Haven County, 297; Fairfield County, 274; New London County, 88; Middlesex County, 57; Windham County, 32; Litchfield County, 14; Tolland County, 6.
Number of deaths by age group:
Of the 6,324 total deaths, 3,716 involve people over the age of 80; 1,395 are between 70-79; 793 are between 60-69; 292 are between 50-59; 89 are between 40-49; 30 are between 30-39; 7 are between 20-29; and 2 people are under the age of 20.
Number of cases by age group:
Of the 205,994 total cases, the most involve people between the ages of 20-29 with 35,141 cases; 31,924 cases involving people between the ages of 50-59; 31,834 cases involving people between the ages of 30-39; 28,826 cases involving people between the ages of 40-49; 22,423 cases involving people between the ages of 60-69; 20,239 cases involving people between the age 10-19; 13,209 cases involving people over the age of 80; 12,506 cases involving people between the ages of 70-79; 9,843 cases involving people between the ages of 0-9.
Hospital capacity and ICU capacity remains within safe limits, Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that statewide hospital capacity was at 78.4 percent from Jan. 1 to 7. ICU capacity is at 61.1 percent.
The daily positive test rate jumped up to 8.46 percent Friday after more than 3,200 positive test results were reported. That figure too tends to ebb and flow daily, however, it has trended slightly upward in the past week compared to previous weeks.
And the most unfortunate trend is the number of coronavirus-related deaths. Another 37 were reported Friday.