Positive Signs Emerge In Connecticut’s Most Recent COVID-19 DataSeptember 1, 2021 12:20 pm
The summer surge of COVID-19 infections in the state of Connecticut has not been nearly as bad as in other parts of the country, but with a positivity rate in the 3% range the numbers were still concerning to state and local leaders. As schools and businesses began to fully reopen there is a concern that these numbers could climb once again, but there is positive news in the latest COVID-19 data.
In data released by the state on Friday the positivity rate for the state has gone from 3.55 to 3.42 which may not seem like a steep decrease, but it is finally moving back in the right direction which had not been in the prior two weeks. While the state must have a positivity rate below 1% to move out of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) red zone declaration, moving in the right direction is certainly a positive sign.
The numbers showed other positive signs as well including the fact that hospitalizations were only up by 11 in the previous week to 380 which is still a rise, but a much shallower rise then was seen two weeks prior. In the weeks before last there was an increase in hospitalizations of 84 and 77 respectively. Connecticut also remains among the very best in the nation in hospitalizations per 1 million residents with the state just barely above the best states in the country that are seeing under 100 hospitalizations per 1 million residents.
It is too soon to call these numbers a trend, but anytime the number of COVID cases and the positivity rate moves in the right direction is reason for cautious optimism. Many experts believe that the summer surge of COVID cases may wane by the end of September, but that remains to be seen. For now, there is reason for hope as the numbers are moving in the right direction.