Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut’s weekly positivity rate hits five-month high; deaths reach 4,267

Emily Brindley, Hartford Courant
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Connecticut on Monday reported a weekly positivity rate of 3.6%, which is higher than the state has seen in nearly five months.

The state’s continually worsening coronavirus numbers prompted Gov. Ned Lamont to announce Monday that he is moving Connecticut back into the second phase of reopening and recommending that people remain home at night.

“There’s no question about it, the trendline is continuing to trend up,” Lamont said.

A total of 340 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, the highest number the state has seen since June 5. Eleven more people also died of coronavirus and related complications over the weekend, the state reported. At least 108 people died with the virus in October, which is more than triple the number who died in August.

Acting Public Health Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford urged residents to limit their social gatherings and continue to social distance even as pandemic fatigue sets in for many.

“We want to preserve our hospital capacity. It’s inevitable that we will see hospitalizations continue to grow given the number of cases that we’ve seen over the last couple weeks. And in order to slow that trend and turn things around, we need to ... stop the spread in the community,” she said Monday.

“People are catching COVID from one another when we’re together in groups and when we’re together with people who don’t live in our household. So the point of that advisory is just a very strong reminder to everyone that as we see infections go up now in Connecticut, the chance that somebody you’re socializing with ... has maybe an infection that has no symptoms is getting higher,'' Gifford said.

On Monday, the state reported a positive coronavirus test rate of 3.4% since Friday, with 2,651 new cases identified out of a total of 79,090 tests.

The weekend’s positivity rate is significantly higher than the state saw over the summer, when it was regularly reporting rates below 1%, but is lower than the high of 6.1% that the state reported for a single day last week.

But while daily positivity rates can vary, sometimes widely, the state’s weekly average rate has also steadily risen. Connecticut’s weekly average on Monday hit 3.6%, which is the highest the state has seen since June 6.

The state’s positivity rate has been slowly ticking up since Sept. 9. But in recent weeks, the state’s coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths have also risen.

As of Monday, a total of 73,858 people in Connecticut have contracted the virus and 4,627 people have died.

Nationwide, more than 9.2 million people have contracted COVID-19 and a total of 231,263 people have died of the illness, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

Courant staff writer Alex Putterman contributed to this report.

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

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