Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut’s positivity rate, hospitalizations continue promising trends; UConn reports five more off-campus cases

Emily Brindley, Hartford Courant
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Connecticut’s coronavirus numbers on Wednesday continued to show promising signs, with the daily test positivity rate still below 4% and hospitalizations dropping once again.

The state on Wednesday reported a daily positivity rate of 3.8%, after identifying 482 new cases out of a total of 12,782 tests administered. However, the state on Wednesday reported an unusually low number of test results.

Including Wednesday’s numbers, the state’s seven-day average rate is now 3.9% — tying with Monday for the lowest rate since early November and also well below the 7% weekly average seen in early January.

Connecticut’s COVID-19 hospitalizations also dropped on Wednesday, down 26 from the prior day for a total of 874 patients currently hospitalized. The state hasn’t seen such a low number of hospitalizations since Nov. 20.

The number of weekly COVID-19 deaths in Connecticut has also begun to dip, albeit unevenly. Still, the state is reporting a significant number of coronavirus-linked deaths per day.

On Wednesday, the state reported 24 additional coronavirus-linked deaths. So far in 2021, Connecticut has seen 1,122 coronavirus-linked deaths.

Since the pandemic began, the state has seen a total of 7,157 coronavirus-linked deaths and 257,004 coronavirus cases.

Nationwide, there have now been nearly 26.5 million coronavirus cases and a total of 448,862 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

UConn identifies five more off-campus cases

UConn’s Storrs campus on Wednesday reported five additional off-campus coronavirus cases.

So far this semester, the university’s main campus has identified a total of 46 cases among on-campus students and 28 cases among off-campus students.

In the entire fall semester, UConn Storrs reported 484 cases among on-campus students and 403 cases among off-campus students.

Emily Brindley can be reached at ebrindley@courant.com.