Daily coronavirus updates: COVID-19 positivity rate, hospitalizations drop in Connecticut as number continue to fluctuate. About 68% of state residents are fully vaccinated.

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Connecticut on Monday reported its lowest single-day COVID-19 positivity rate since July and fewest hospitalizations since mid-August, as the state’s coronavirus metrics continue to bounce up and down.

The encouraging report Monday comes after Connecticut’s COVID-19 numbers spiked last week. Many of the state’s key metrics have fluctuated dramatically in recent weeks, creating uncertainty heading into the fall season.

Cases and positivity rate

Connecticut on Monday reported 1,446 COVID-19 cases out of 67,484 tests, for a positivity rate of 2.14% — lowest in a given day since July 23. The state’s seven-day positivity rate now stands at 3.08%, down from Friday but up from earlier last week.

The raw number of new COVID-19 cases in Connecticut has continued to increase recently. As of Monday, the state had averaged 787 daily cases over the past week, highest in a seven-day period since April.

All eight Connecticut counties currently have “high” COVID-19 transmission as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hospitalizations

As of Monday, Connecticut has 309 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, down 23 from Friday and the fewest at a time since Aug. 16.

According to state numbers, 74.1% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Hospital officials say many of the vaccinated people who are hospitalized with the disease were admitted for non-coronavirus reasons and do not have severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Deaths

Connecticut reports coronavirus-linked deaths once a week, on Thursdays. Last week, the state reported 31 over the past week, bringing its total during the pandemic to 8,447.

The United States has now recorded 674,346 COVID-19 deaths, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University.

Vaccinations

As of Monday, 75.4% of all Connecticut residents and 86.5% of those 12 and older had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, while 67.9% of all residents and 78% of those 12 and older were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

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

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