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Connecticut COVID data: Your town's infection rate, hospitalizations & vaccinations

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Nurses mask up before administering COVID-19 tests in March 2020. The CDC now says local masking ordinances should be based on hospitalizations, hospital capacity and cases. Most recent data from the CDC show no counties in the "high" risk category. The Connecticut Department of Public Health noted in a recent statement, "People with symptoms, a positive test or exposure to someone with COVID-19 also should wear a mask."

What are Connecticut's COVID-19 infection rates?

Connecticut's COVID-19 positivity rate on Thursday was 9.03%. State officials report 511 people hospitalized, a decrease of 89 people over the last seven days.

The state Department of Public Health (DPH) says COVID-19 therapeutics are available for Connecticut residents. A site locator for COVID-19 treatments is hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Infusion Center Association. The DPH says patients should coordinate with their doctor before contacting a treatment location.

Should you wear a mask?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says local masking ordinances should be based on hospitalizations, hospital capacity and cases. Based on those numbers, counties will be sorted into three risk categories: low, medium and high. According to the CDC, only people in "high" risk counties should wear masks, but the agency notes exceptions for certain at-risk populations.

Most recent data from the CDC show Litchfield, Middlesex, and New Haven counties as "high" risk.

Fairfield, Hartford, New London, Tolland, and Windham counties are listed as "medium" risk.

Despite the updated federal guidance, the Connecticut Department of Public Health noted in a recent statement, "it’s important to note that residents who are more comfortable wearing a mask should continue to do so if they wish. People with symptoms, a positive test or exposure to someone with COVID-19 also should wear a mask."

How many people in Connecticut are vaccinated?

The CDC reports that 95% of the state's total population has received at least one vaccine dose, 82.9% are fully vaccinated and 23.7% have the latest bivalent booster. As of Jan. 25, CDC data show a total of 11,587,425 COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed to Connecticut and 8,953,580 doses administered. Vaccine data are updated weekly.

Right now, COVID-19 vaccines are available for people 6 months and older. Booster shots are also available. More information about where to get a vaccine is at VaccineFinder.org or at the CT Vaccine Portal. You may also dial 211.

Updated: January 27, 2023 at 9:25 AM EST
This story was originally published on Feb. 9, 2021. It has been updated to reflect the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Public Health.
Patrick Skahill is a reporter and digital editor at Connecticut Public. Prior to becoming a reporter, he was the founding producer of Connecticut Public Radio's The Colin McEnroe Show, which began in 2009. Patrick's reporting has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered. He has also reported for the Marketplace Morning Report. He can be reached by phone at 860-275-7297 or by email: pskahill@ctpublic.org.

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