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As The Pandemic Plateaus, Shifting Focus To Next Stages Of The Response

Rentschler Field
Ryan Caron King
Connecticut Public
Miguel Velazquez unloads a palette of onions off a truck. He usually runs Foodshare's operation at the Regional Market in Hartford, but the organization had to move its distribution site to Rentschler Field in East Hartford because of increased demand.

Connecticut may have reached the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. That's according to a new model created by Hartford HealthCare and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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The number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 has dropped each of the last six days and the attention is moving towards what happens next. Social distancing will likely stay in place, which will alter the ways schools, restaurants and, well, just about everything else will operate.

Meanwhile, we’re nowhere close to being done with the pandemic, despite flattening the curve, as these decreases in new cases and hospitalizations have been gradual.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus in Connecticut...

By The Numbers

All numbers are as of April 28 at 7 p.m.

  • 2,089 COVID-19-associated deaths
  • 26,312 confirmed cases
    • Fairfield County: 10,874
    • New Haven County: 7,089
    • Hartford County: 5,224
    • Litchfield County: 900
    • Middlesex County: 618
    • New London County: 530
    • Tolland County: 422
    • Windham County: 164
    • Pending address validation: 491
  • More than 92,745 people tested


The Latest

  • A third Connecticut inmate has died from complications related to COVID-19. The Department of Correction released a statement saying the 74-year-old offender died on Tuesday. The person was receiving medical care at UConn Health Center and was previously housed at the Osborn Correctional Institution, serving a life sentence for murder. The individual entered the correctional system on April 17, 1970.
  • A new online tool will give health districts access to the same tracking data for contact tracing in Connecticut. The state is working with Microsoft on the tool, which is expected to be ready later in May. That’s when testing capabilities are expected to be expanded, so asymptomatic people who were in contact with someone who tested positive can also get tested. State epidemiologist Dr. Matthew Cartter said the goal is to do contact tracing on every case, which is difficult to do when the pandemic is at its peak, as it appears to be right now.
  • If you’re closely following the numbers, you’ll have noticed a one-day jump of about 11,000 tests this week. The reason for that jump was the way the state counted tests. Previously, Connecticut was reporting the number of people tested. So if a patient got tested more than once, the additional tests were not counted. The Department of Public Health said the change was made to align with new standards from the CDC.

Other Reads On The Coronavirus

How NBA Players Are Spending Time During The Pandemic

As Frankie Graziano reported for NPR today, some NBA players are playing video games while the season is on hold.

Others are getting more adventurous. Perhaps most notably is Cody Zeller, who plays for the Charlotte Hornets. 

During the pandemic, Zeller has tried cooking, playing guitar and woodworking.

ESPN reports on what other players are doing, including Garrett Temple, a Brooklyn Nets player who is studying for the LSAT.

What new challenges have you undertaken this month? Email me at tives@ctpublic.org or tweet me @tives

Stay safe. Stay sane. Stay distant.

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