Daily coronavirus updates: COVID-19 hospitalizations in Connecticut at lowest level in more than a year

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Connecticut has fewer people hospitalized with COVID-19 than at any point since March 2020, according to state numbers.

Meanwhile, the state’s coronavirus positivity rate remains at its lowest level of any time during the pandemic — a sign Connecticut continues to see little COVID-19 transmission.

Positivity

Connecticut on Thursday reported 35 COVID-19 cases out of 11,801 tests, for a positivity rate of 0.3% — lowest in a single day since last August.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate now stands at 0.39%, lowest of any time during the pandemic.

Hospitalizations

As of Thursday, Connecticut has 37 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, down 13 from Wednesday and the fewest at a time since March 18, 2020, when the pandemic had only just begun.

As recently as late January, Connecticut had more than 1,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19.

Deaths

Connecticut reported one coronavirus-linked death Wednesday, bringing its total to 8,266 during the pandemic.

The United States has now recorded 600,763 COVID-19 deaths, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University, having passed the 600,000 threshold Tuesday.

Vaccination

As of Wednesday, 66% of all Connecticut residents and 75% of those 12 and older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, while 58% of all residents and 67% of those 12 and older are fully vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to state data, Connecticut’s vaccination efforts have been most effective among people 65 and older, 94% of whom have received at least one vaccine dose — compared to 55% of 18-24 year-olds, 62% of 16-17 year-olds and 41% of 12-15 year-olds.

Alex Putterman can be reached at aputterman@courant.com.

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