Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut surpasses 100,000 cases; deaths continue to ramp up

Emily Brindley, Hartford Courant
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Connecticut on Friday surpassed a grim threshold — the state has now recorded more than 100,000 coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

In a video posted on social media, Gov. Ned Lamont called the number “an unhappy milestone.”

“I look at that 100,000 number and it makes me sad,” he said. But “I think of what you are all doing on behalf of our state, and I’m encouraged.”

And as COVID-19 rears its head for the second time this year, the state is continuing to report an increasing number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

The state on Friday reported 2,088 newly identified COVID-19 cases, for a total of 101,469 since March. Despite that milestone, though, experts have warned that the actual number of cases has likely been much higher, particularly due to the lack of widespread testing in the early months of the pandemic.

Friday’s new cases were identified out of a total of 31,493 tests, for a daily positivity rate of 6.6%. Including that rate, the state’s weekly average rate is 5.8% — significantly higher than the sub-1% rates that Connecticut reported over the summer.

Hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise as well.

There were 848 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, which is an increase of eight over the previous day. The state hasn’t reported such a high hospitalization number since May 20.

The state on Friday also reported an additional 23 coronavirus-related deaths. A total of 4,828 people have died in Connecticut since the beginning of the pandemic.

Nationwide, there have been more than 11.8 million confirmed coronavirus cases and a total of 253,458 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

Cases, hospitalizations, deaths all higher than last week

A comparison of this week’s and last week’s coronavirus data underlines the trend of rising numbers.

Last week, the state recorded 66 coronavirus-linked deaths. This week, the state recorded 91 deaths. There haven’t been that many coronavirus-linked deaths in a single week since the week ending June 17.

This week alone, Connecticut saw more coronavirus-linked deaths than in the entire months of August and September combined, when there were 76 deaths.

The state closed out last week with 659 coronavirus hospitalizations. By Friday, one week later, that number had increased by nearly 30%, to 848.

Similarly, the state reported 10,520 newly identified coronavirus cases last week — and 12,824 this week.

Connecticut officials have acknowledged for several weeks that the state is in the midst of a second wave of COVID-19. On Thursday, Hartford HealthCare Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Ajay Kumar said that the state can expect to see 1,600 to 1,700 people hospitalized at the peak of the current wave. He said that estimate reflected a “best case scenario.”

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

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