There are now 875 positive novel coronavirus cases (COVID-19) in Connecticut, an increase of 29 percent in the last 24 hours.
The latest statistics showing 257 new cases were announced late Wednesday afternoon, March 24 by Gov. Ned Lamont.
Seven new fatalities related to COVID-19 have increased the state's total to 19 deaths.
Of the 875 positive cases, 113 have required hospitalizations (12.9 percent).
Twelve of the state's 19 COVID-19 deaths (63 percent) have happened in Fairfield County, with the others in Tolland County (three), New Haven (two) and Hartford County (two).
The number of cases jumped by 164 in Fairfield County to 546, representing 62 percent of the state's cases - the same percentage as the last report of new cases issued 24 hours earlier.
Westport has the most positive cases with 87, followed by Norwalk (66), Danbury (63), Greenwich (54), Stamford (48) and Ridgefield (42).
The actual number of cases in Connecticut is considered to be much higher. Also, testing has slowed because some facilities are having problems with a lack of proper equipment. Lamont said the state is working fast to procure those materials.
As the number of cases grows, hospitals are creating capacity for COVID-19 patients by canceling elective surgeries and other methods, Lamont said.
Here's the rundown of cases by county:
- Fairfield County: 546 cases, 47 hospitalizations
- Hartford County: 116 cases, 24 hospitalizations
- Litchfield County: 33 cases, three hospitalizations
- Middlesex County: 15 cases, four hospitalizations
- New Haven County: 127 cases, 28 hospitalizations
- New London County: Nine cases, two hospitalizations
- Tolland County: 27 cases, five hospitalizations
- Windham County: two cases, zero hospitalizations
Total cases: 875
More than 5,898 have been tested for the virus statewide.
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