Connecticut Officials Urge Caution When Looking At New COVID-19 Transmission Rates.July 28, 2020 1:32 pm
After a grueling couple of months at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Connecticut has been a shining example for the rest of the country of how to flatten the curve and maintain that flattened curve.
New data released this week though, shows a concerning uptick in the transmission rate of the disease here in the state. The transmission rate is a calculated number and is not actual hard evidence that COVID-19 is making a comeback in the state. In fact, there are three groups who released new transmission rate numbers for the state of Connecticut and all of them differed slightly.
It is for this reason that the Governor’s office believes the numbers are flawed and they released their own numbers from the last week which indicated a transmission rate well below 1% which is the threshold that has some experts concerned.
Overall the state has done an excellent job in keeping the transmission rate low and while this rate is sometimes a leading indicator that the disease may be making a comeback in the state, in this case these calculations may be skewed based on one lab reporting it’s entire case load of coronavirus testing from the past two months in one batch.
It is important that state officials keep an eye on transmission rates, but the most important numbers to keep close watch on are positive tests, hospitalizations, and deaths, all of which remain low in the state.