Governor Lamont provides update on Connecticut’s coronavirus response efforts

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02/16/2022

Governor Lamont provides update on Connecticut’s coronavirus response efforts

Last data at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, 2022

(HARTFORD, CT) – As the State of Connecticut continues to take action in response to the global spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday February 16, 2022:

Connecticut Testing Data Updates

The following is a summary of newly reported day-to-day case and testing data in Connecticut. It’s important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred within the last few days to a week. All data in this report is preliminary and data from previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

General summary

Total

Change since yesterday

Cases of COVID-19 (confirmed and probable)

717,520*

+1,464

COVID-19 tests reported (molecular and antigen)

14,845,358*

+30 046

Daily test positivity

4.87%

Patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19

340

-45

*The ‘total’ column includes a batch of catch-up tests dating back to January 17, 2022. This includes 2,983 tests administered which resulted in 364 positive cases. This batch of catch-up data has no impact on the data displayed in the “change since yesterday” column, including the daily positivity rate.

From 340 patients currently hospitalized with laboratory confirmed COVID-19, 157 (46.2%) are not fully vaccinated.

For the week of January 30, 2022, unvaccinated people had a 3.1 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 compared to fully vaccinated people.

For the week of January 30, 2022, unvaccinated people had a 15.2 times more likely to die of COVID-19 compared to fully vaccinated people.

Data on deaths associated with COVID-19 is updated once a week every Thursday. The most recently reported total number of deaths is 10,219.

Breakdown by county of current hospitalizations related to COVID-19:

county

Current hospitalizations related to COVID-19

Fairfield County

72

Hartford County

121

Litchfield County

9

Middlesex County

8

New Haven County

94

New County of London

29

Tolland County

0

Windham County

seven

Total

340

For a series of interactive charts and maps that provide additional data, including metrics related to age, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as data broken down by each city and town in Connecticut, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click on the link labeled “Data Tracker”.

Update from the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Connecticut State Department of Education on the scheduled February 28 elimination of the statewide school mask requirement

The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Connecticut State Department of Education announced today that they are providing public health guidance to Connecticut schools in response to declining levels of COVID-19 in the State and before the scheduled February 28. 2022, elimination of the statewide school mask requirement.

On February 28, the decision whether or not to require masks in schools will be made at the local level.

The guidelines will advise schools on how to safely manage COVID-19 as part of a routine disease prevention model and will be released in the coming days.

The goal of this model is to help schools continue in-person learning with as little disruption as possible. Once the guidelines are finalized, they will be shared with all districts and schools in the extensive network of superintendents, school medical advisers, school nurses, local school board members, local health directors, and others who make up the school ecosystem.

School boards will be posted at portal.ct.gov/dph and portal.ct.gov/sde.

Providing Information to Connecticut Residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus. Residents can also subscribe to state text alerts by texting the keyword COVIDCT at 888-777.

People with general questions not answered by the website can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual support. Anyone who is out of state or needs a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended for use by people who do not have symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone with symptoms is urged to contact their doctor.

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