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.
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