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COVID-19: Positivity Rate Hits 14 Percent In CT, 39 New Deaths Reported

This map shows the distribution of COVID-19 cases, deaths, and tests since the beginning of the pandemic. Darker colors indicate towns with more cases.
This map shows the distribution of COVID-19 cases, deaths, and tests since the beginning of the pandemic. Darker colors indicate towns with more cases. Photo Credit: ct.gov

The COVID-19 positivity rate in Connecticut is approaching levels not seen since the surge of Omicron cases as the state reported more than three dozen new virus-related deaths.

In the latest update on Thursday, May 19, the state Department of Public Health reported 39 more COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the total up to 11,022 since March 2020.

In the past seven days, there have been nearly 70,000 COVID-19 PCR and NAAT tests administered in Connecticut, according to health officials, resulting in 9,751 laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus for an average seven-day positivity rate of 14 percent, up slightly from the rest of the week.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said that there have been 78 new COVID-19 patients admitted to Connecticut hospitals in the past week, leaving 369 being treated for the virus statewide.

Since the pandemic began, more than 14.42 million COVID-19 tests have been administered in Connecticut, resulting in a total of 862,822 confirmed cases.

In Connecticut, 3,041,632 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with 2,739,686 completing the initial process. The state has also administered 1,529,269 first booster shots, while 207,418 have also been boosted a second time.

A breakdown of which populations have received the most vaccines, by age group on May 19:

  • 65+: >95 percent
  • 55-64: >95 percent;
  • 35-44: 94 percent;
  • 45-54: 91 percent;
  • 25-34: 90 percent;
  • 16-17: 88 percent;
  • 18-24: 85 percent;
  • 12-15: 82 percent;
  • 5-11: 49 percent.

The latest breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in Connecticut since the beginning of the pandemic, by county:

  • Fairfield: 217,444 (2,735 deaths);
  • New Haven: 208,833 (2,842);
  • Hartford: 191,282 (3,158);
  • New London: 59,107 (662);
  • Litchfield: 33,969 (462);
  • Middlesex: 30,074 (482);
  • Windham: 27,033 (305);
  • Tolland: 22,490 (275);
  • Unknown: 2,483 (1).

A complete list of cases, by communities, can be found here by clicking and scrolling down.

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