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Connecticut records a big increase in the single-day coronavirus positivity rate

Joe Amon
Connecticut Public

Connecticut experienced a big spike in the daily coronavirus positivity rate, and it comes two days after the state reported a confirmed case of the new omicron variant.

“I’m worried about omicron, but I’m scared about delta,” Gov. Ned Lamont said of the dominant variant that took hold over the summer.

“You have seen over the last few weeks the infection rate go up. We just got the numbers: 8.33%,” he told Connecticut Public Radio’s Where We Live on Tuesday. “That’s a big increase from where we were just a month ago. So it is ramping up.”

A positivity rate above 8% is a significant increase from recent days, when the portion of tests coming back positive had hovered around 5%.

The governor’s office says the number of people in Connecticut hospitalized with COVID-19 stands at 525. That’s three times the number from a few weeks ago.

Lamont said he has been more concerned about hospitalizations than the positivity rate. He stressed the importance of getting booster shots and voluntarily wearing masks in public.

Matt Dwyer is an editor, reporter and midday host for Connecticut Public's news department. He produces local news during All Things Considered.

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