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CT Restaurant Associations starts ‘Save CT Restaurants’ campaignMIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) – More than 600 Connecticut restaurants have closed during the pandemic. The Connecticut Restaurant Association is launching a “Save CT Restaurants” campaign to highlight the stories and struggles of local restaurants. The CT Restaurant Association says many more businesses will close this winter if they don’t get help from the state. That’s why they’re launching the campaign. “It’s been literally catastrophic for our businesses. It’s been a horrible, horrible year,” said Marisa Bramato, owner of Esca Wine Bar. Esca Wine Bar in Middletown has been in business for 11 years. This has been one of their toughest yet. Owner Marissa Bramato fears what’s to come if they don’t get financial and moral support from the state. “The government has opened us for four months since June, and the numbers stayed down. It wasn’t until the end of September, October that the numbers started going up, so obviously, we’ve shown the state that all restaurants were open inside and we’ve been able to keep the numbers down,” Bramato said. The Connecticut Restaurant Association launched the campaign and they will be telling the stores of owners like Bramato and what they do for the community. They’re also asking state leaders to allow indoor dining to continue, launch a new grant program to fund restaurants, and help bolster trust and confidence in consumers. “We also have to go home to our families and our children and our grandchildren, so everybody wants to be safe, and we make sure everybody is safe,” Bramato said. Bramato says if the state waits until the spring, it will be too late. “Connecticut just has to come through and it’s really devastating for our economy and for the restaurant business,” Bramato said. Just a few days ago, a group of doctors and nurses asked the governor to halt indoor dining. Governor Ned Lamont says hospitalizations will be a benchmark for that kind of action. For more information on the campaign, click <a href="https://www.ctrestaurant.org/uploads/8/2/3/5/82358700/cra_letter_to_gov_and_legislative_leaders_-_savectrestaurants.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.
Lamont warns December could be tough as COVID-19 cases increaseHARTFORD (WFSB) - Governor Ned Lamont took part in a virtual webinar with the Connecticut Mirror and was interviewed by host John Dankosky. Tonight, the governor warns December is expected to be a pretty tough month with COVID-19 infections in our state but at this point is not moving forward with any shutdowns. “I think we are going to watch carefully over the next ya know 2 plus weeks to see where the trend lines are,” Lamont said. “And that will be determinative.” Governor Lamont tonight said the infection numbers and hospitalizations we see post-thanksgiving will be drivers in decision making. Yesterday the governor met with doctors who are urging him to put a pause on indoor dining and gyms in order to prevent hospitals from reaching capacity, but the governor saying the data shows most infections are coming from elsewhere. “It’s not necessarily even in that restaurant or that gym,” Lamont said Wednesday. “More likely that informal social gathering where a couple of friends come in and they know somebody else and you let your guard down. I think that’s where we are finding the greatest risk.” The governor also gave a preview of his press briefing tomorrow about who will be first to get the COVID-19 vaccine in our state. Connecticut is set to receive 20-thousand doses of the Pfizer vaccine on December 14th and another 20 thousand of the Moderna vaccine the following week. He says there is no question who should get it first. “We are going to make this at our press briefing tomorrow that healthcare professionals, doctors and nurses, frontline we’ve got to have you on the battlefield,” Lamont said. “Secondly elderly, frail elderly, and those in nursing homes.” The governor says that as more and more doses become available in our state, he is hopeful that there will be general opportunity for people to be vaccinated this spring
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New Haven gets a replacement Christmas treeNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - The Elm City received a new Christmas tree Wednesday after its original was damaged in last month's wind storm. The tree, which was set up on New Haven's Green, was damaged beyond repair on Nov. 15. It toppled over as a result of the weather. Since then, efforts outside of the city were made to find a replacement. Wednesday, a replacement was announced in Hamden. "We heard about the story of the tree falling in the New Haven Green and my said said, 'well, maybe we should donate our tree,'" said Anthony Santino. Anthony Santino had a pretty nice tree on his property in Hamden, about 35-feet tall, but beautiful, so he called the city and donated it. Crews cut it down, hoisted it up with a crane, and loaded it onto a flatbed before it was led by a police escort to the New Haven Green. Once it arrived, the real work began to lower it into the ground and secure it with cables. Mayor Justin Elicker says the tree is a symbol of hope. "I think it's a good metaphor for 2020. I think a lot of people feel like they are down and out right now, but at the same time, a couple days after the first tree blew down, we had over 60 people reach out to say hey we could donate a tree," Elicker said. For Santino, it's emotional to see his tree go, but he says he wouldn't have it any other way. "It's a little bit sentimental, it's like taking my tree, but it is going to a good cause. Everybody should see on tree on the New Haven Green on Christmas," Santino said. A lot of people will appreciate it. The tree will be strung with lights and then the lighting ceremony will be in about one week.
Bright Spot: Christmas lights brightening people's spiritsChristmas light displays are literally and figureatilvey lighting things up as we prepare for the holidays. This segment is sponsored by Connecticut Lighting Centers.
INTERVIEW: How local health officials are preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine distributionEric Arlia, Senior Director of System Pharmacy for Hartford HealthCare discusses how Hartford HealthCare is preparing for the vaccine distribution.
Coronavirus Updates: Positivity rate jumps to 6.5%Coronavirus continues to impact the entire country, including Connecticut. Below is a breakdown of developments as they happen: As of Wednesday, Gov. Ned Lamont said a total of 121,426 have tested positive for the virus. The positivity rate rose to 6.5 percent. Deaths were at 5,091 since the start of the pandemic in Connecticut. <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/coronavirus-coverage-a-guide-to-finding-a-covid-test-checking-wait-times/article_f7dfc828-2aac-11eb-acb2-f7d1d1f360ff.html" target="_blank">Coronavirus Coverage: A guide to finding a COVID test, checking wait times</a> For a complete town-by-town breakdown of the cases, click <a href="https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/q5as-kyim" target="_blank">here</a>. Dec. 2 On Wednesday, there were 12,426 COVID-19 cases reported, which is up 2,672 since Tuesday. Out of 41,001 tests administered, 2,672 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 6.5 percent. There were 51 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 5,091. Hospitalizations increased by 50, bringing the total to 1,202. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 3,319,482, an increase of 41,001 since Tuesday. Dec. 1 On Tuesday, there were 118,745 COVID-19 cases reported, which is up 1,459 since Monday. Out of 24,831 tests administered, 1,459 came back positive. That results in a positivity rate of 5.88%. There were 20 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the overall total since the pandemic began to 5,040. Hospitalizations increased by 54, bringing the total to 1,152. The number of tests performed since the pandemic began is now at 3,278,481, an increase of 24,831 since Monday. Nov. 30 On Monday, there were 117,295 coronavirus cases reported, up 4,714 since Friday. Out of 106,821 tests administered, 4,714 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 4.4 percent. There were 59 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 5,020. Hospitalizations increased by 81, bringing the total to 1,098. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 3,253,650, an increase of 106,821 since Friday. Nov. 27 On Friday, there were 112,581 coronavirus cases reported, up 3,429 since Wednesday. Out of 71,327 tests administered, 3,429 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 4.81 percent. There were 35 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Friday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,961. Hospitalizations increased by 49, bringing the total to 1,017. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 3,146,829, an increase of 71,327 since Wednesday. Nov. 25 On Tuesday, there were 109,152 coronavirus cases reported, up 1,872 since Tuesday. Out of 31,232 tests administered, 1,872 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 5.99 percent. There were 45 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Wednesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,926. Hospitalizations increased by 77, bringing the total to 968. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 3,075,502, an increase of 31,232 since Tuesday. Nov. 24 4 p.m. On Tuesday, there were 107,280 coronavirus cases reported, up 540 since Monday. Out of 13,208 tests administered, 540 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 4.09 percent. There were 10 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Tuesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,881. Hospitalizations increased by 16, bringing the total to 891. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 3,044,270, an increase of 13,208 since Monday. Nov. 23 4 p.m. On Monday, there were 106,740 coronavirus cases reported, up 5,271 since Friday. Out of 109,045 tests administered, 5,271 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 4.8 percent. There were 43 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,871. Hospitalizations increased by 27, bringing the total to 875. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 3,031,062, an increase of 109,045 since Friday. Nov. 20 4 p.m. On Friday, there were 101,469 coronavirus cases reported, up 2,088 since Thursday. Out of 31,493 tests administered, 2,088 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 6.63 percent. There were 23 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Friday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,828. Hospitalizations increased by 8, bringing the total to 848. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,922,017, an increase of 31,493 since Thursday. Nov. 19 4 p.m. On Thursday, there were 99,381 coronavirus cases reported, up 2,353 since Wednesday. Out of 36,339 tests administered, 2,353 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 6.5 percent. There were 21 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Thursday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,805. Hospitalizations increased by 24, bringing the total to 840. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,890,524, an increase of 36,339 since Wednesday. Nov. 18 4 p.m. On Wednesday, there were 97,028 coronavirus cases reported, up 2,042 since Tuesday. Out of 34,135 tests administered, 2,042 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 5.98 percent. There were 13 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Wednesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,784. Hospitalizations increased by 39, bringing the total to 816. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,854,185, an increase of 34,135 since Tuesday. Nov. 17 4 p.m. On Tuesday, there were 94,986 coronavirus cases reported, up 1,702 since Monday. Out of 32,964 tests administered, 1,702 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 5.16 percent. There were 12 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Tuesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,771. Hospitalizations increased by 20, bringing the total to 777. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,820,050, an increase of 32,964 since Monday. Nov. 16 4 p.m. On Monday, there were 93,284 coronavirus cases reported, up 4,639 since Friday. Out of 86,210 tests administered, 4,639 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 5.4 percent. There were 22 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,759. Hospitalizations increased by 98, bringing the total to 757. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,787,086, an increase of 86,210 since Friday. Nov. 13 During a news conference on Friday, Gov. Ned Lamont said the state's positivity rate increased to 6.4 percent. His office, however, released the numbers a short time later, which showed a positivity rate of 6.37 percent, where 43,078 tests were administered and 2,746 came back positive. There were 11 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Friday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,737. Hospitalizations increased by 42, bringing the total to 659. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,700,876, an increase of 43,078 since Wednesday. Nov. 12 4 p.m. On Thursday, there were 85,899 coronavirus cases reported, up 1,158 since Wednesday. Out of 24,001 tests administered, 1,158 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 4.8 percent. There were 10 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Thursday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,726. Hospitalizations increased by 33, bringing the total to 617. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,657,798, an increase of 24,001 since Wednesday. Governor Ned Lamont said the state has doubled the number of people in the hospital in the last two weeks. Nov. 11 3:30 p.m. On Wednesday, there were 84,741 coronavirus cases reported, up 1,754 since Tuesday. Out of 36,814 tests administered, 1,754 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 4.76 percent. There were 9 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Wednesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,716. Hospitalizations increased by 36, bringing the total to 584. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,633,797, an increase of 36,814 since Tuesday. 2:30 p.m. Following a Veterans Day ceremony in Middletown, Gov. Ned Lamont answered questions from the media where he said today's positivity rate is at 4.76 percent. Nov. 10 On Tuesday, there were 82,987 coronavirus cases reported, up 1,524 since Monday. Out of 22,612 tests administered, 1,524 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 6.74 percent. According to the governor's office, this is the highest single-day positivity rate since May 24 and the highest hospitalization since May 30. There were 9 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Tuesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,707. Hospitalizations increased by 54, bringing the total to 548. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,596,983, an increase of 22,612 since Monday. Nov. 9 On Monday, there were 81,463 coronavirus cases reported, up 3,338 since Friday. Out of 89,686 tests administered, 3,338 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 3.7 percent. There were 27 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,698. Hospitalizations increased by 94, bringing the total to 496. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,574,371, an increase of 89,686 since Friday. Nov. 6 On Friday, there were 78,125 coronavirus cases reported, up 1,065 since Thursday. Out of 29,563 tests administered, 1,065 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 3.6 percent. There were 15 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Friday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,671. Hospitalizations increase by 22, bringing the total to 402. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,484,685, an increase of 29,563 since Thursday. Nov. 5 On Thursday, there were 77,060 coronavirus cases reported, up 1,175 since Wednesday. Out of 31,059 tests administered, 1,175 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 3.7 percent. There were 11 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Thursday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,656. Hospitalizations increase by 6, bringing the total to 380. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,455,122, an increase of 31,059 since Wednesday. Nov. 4 On Wednesday, there were 75,373 coronavirus cases reported, up 530 since Tuesday. Out of 12,550 tests administered, 530 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 4.2 percent. There were 11 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Wednesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,645. Hospitalizations decreased by 7, bringing the total to 374. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,397,742, an increase of 12,550 since Tuesday. Nov. 3 7:20 p.m. On Tuesday, there were 74,843 coronavirus cases reported, up 985 since Monday. Out of 21,230 tests administered, 2985 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 4.6 percent. There were 7 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Tuesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,634. Hospitalizations increased by 41, bringing the total to 381. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,385,192, an increase of 21,230 since Monday. Nov. 2 4 p.m. On Monday, there were 73,858 coronavirus cases reported, up 2,651 since Friday. Out of 79,066 tests administered, 2,651 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 3.4 percent. There were 11 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,627. Hospitalizations increased by 11, bringing the total to 340. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,363,986, an increase of 79,066 since Friday. Oct. 30 4 p.m. On Friday, there were 71,207 coronavirus cases reported, up 761 since Thursday. Out of 30,554 tests administered, 761 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 2.5 percent. There were 7 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Friday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,616. Hospitalizations increased by 8, bringing the total to 329. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,284,896, an increase of 30,554 since Thursday. Oct. 29 4:10 p.m. Governor Ned Lamont said the 6.15 positivity rate is the highest it has been since June 1. 4 p.m. On Thursday, there were 70,446 coronavirus cases reported, up 1,319 since Wednesday. Out of 21,739 tests administered, 1,319 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 6.1 percent. There were 5 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Thursday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,609. Hospitalizations increased by 12, bringing the total to 321. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,254,342, an increase of 21,739 since Wednesday. Oct. 28 4 p.m. On Wednesday, there were 69,127 coronavirus cases reported, up 490 since Tuesday. Out of 14,305 tests administered, 490 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 3.4 percent. There were 9 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Wednesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,604. Hospitalizations increased by 17, bringing the total to 309. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,232,603, an increase of 14,305 since Tuesday. Oct. 27 4 p.m. On Tuesday, there were 68,637 coronavirus cases reported, up 538 since Monday. Out of 13,039 tests administered, 538 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 4.1 percent. There were 6 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Tuesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,595. Hospitalizations increased by 22, bringing the total to 292. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,218,298, an increase of 13,039 since Tuesday. 12 p.m. Gov. Lamont announced during a news conference about the election that Tuesday's numbers show the positivity rate has jumped to 4.1 percent. He said this is the highest positivity rate the state has seen since early June. Oct. 26 4 p.m. On Monday, there were 68,099 coronavirus cases reported, up 2,047 since Friday. Out of 92,191 tests administered, 2,047 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 2.2 percent. There were 12 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,589. Hospitalizations increased by 37, bringing the total to 270. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,205259, an increase of 92,191 since Friday. Oct. 23 4 p.m. On Friday, there were 66,052 coronavirus cases reported, up 679 since Thursday. Out of 23,435 tests administered, 679 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 2.9 percent. There were 8 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Friday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,577. Hospitalizations increased by 1, bringing the total to 233. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,113,068, an increase of 23,435 since Thursday. 12 p.m. During a news conference on Friday afternoon, Gov. Ned Lamont said today's numbers show the state is at a 2.9% infection rate. He went on to remind folks to continue taking precautions, saying "we're not out of the woods yet." Oct 22 4 p.m. On Thursday, there were 65,373 coronavirus cases reported, up 502 since Wednesday. Out of 22,117 tests administered, 502 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 2.3 percent. There were 2 new coronavirus-related death reported on Thursday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,569. Hospitalizations increased by 19, bringing the total to 232. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,089,633, an increase of 22,117 since Wednesday. Oct. 21 4 p.m. On Wednesday, there were 64,871 coronavirus cases reported, up 416 since Tuesday. Out of 15,846 tests administered, 416 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 2.6 percent. There were 8 new coronavirus-related death reported on Wednesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,567. Hospitalizations decreased by 4, bringing the total to 213. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,067,516, an increase of 15,846 since Tuesday. Oct. 20 4 p.m. On Tuesday, there were 64,455 coronavirus cases reported, up 434 since Monday. Out of 14,653 tests administered, 434 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 3 percent. There were 5 new coronavirus-related death reported on Tuesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,559. Hospitalizations increased by 22, bringing the total to 217. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,051,670, an increase of 14,653 since Monday. 2 p.m. During a news conference on Tuesday, Gov. Ned Lamont said the state is seeing the highest infection rate that it has had since June. He added that 22 more people have been hospitalized. Oct. 19 4 p.m. On Monday, there were 64,021 coronavirus cases reported, up 1,191 since Friday. Out of 71,905 tests administered, 1,191 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 1.7 percent. There were 12 new coronavirus-related death reported on Monday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,554. Hospitalizations increased by 11, bringing the total to 195. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 2,037,071, an increase of 71,905 since Friday. Oct. 16 On Friday, there were 62,830 coronavirus cases reported, up 802 since Thursday. Out of 33,048 tests administered, 802 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 2.4 percent. There were 2 new coronavirus-related death reported on Friday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,542. Hospitalizations decreased by 7, bringing the total to 184. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 1,965,112, an increase of 33,048 since Thursday. Oct. 15 On Thursday, there were 62,028 coronavirus cases reported, up 213 since Wednesday. Out of 15,817 tests administered, 213 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 1.3 percent. There were 3 new coronavirus-related death reported on Thursday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,540. Hospitalizations increased by 3, bringing the total to 191. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 1,932,064, an increase of 15,817 since Wednesday. Oct. 14 On Wednesday, there were 61,861 coronavirus cases reported, up 164 since Tuesday. Out of 8,359 tests administered, 164 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 2 percent. There were 4 new coronavirus-related death reported on Wednesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,537. Hospitalizations increased by 16, bringing the total to 188. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 1,916,247, an increase of 8,359 since Tuesday. Oct. 13 On Tuesday, there were 61,697 coronavirus cases reported, up 320 since Monday. Out of 13,398 tests administered, 320 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 2.4 percent. There was 1 new coronavirus-related death reported on Tuesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,533. Hospitalizations increased by 17, bringing the total to 172. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 1,907,888, an increase of 13,398 since Monday. Oct. 12 4 p.m. On Monday, there were 61,377 coronavirus cases reported, up 290 since Friday. Out of 77,261 tests administered, 1,066 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 1.4 percent. There was 2 new coronavirus-related death reported on Monday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,532. Hospitalizations increased by 21, bringing the total to 155. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 1,894,490, an increase of 77,261 since Friday. Oct. 9 4 p.m. On Friday, there were 60,038 coronavirus cases reported, up 290 since Thursday. Out of 17,257 tests administered, 290 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 1.7 percent. There was 3 new coronavirus-related death reported on Friday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,530. Hospitalizations increased by 6, bringing the total to 134. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 1,794,099, an increase of 17,257 since Thursday. Oct. 8 4 p.m. On Thursday, there were 59,748 coronavirus cases reported, up 384 since Wednesday. Out of 27,203 tests administered, 384 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 1.4 percent. There was 5 new coronavirus-related death reported on Thursday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,527. Hospitalizations decreased by 10, bringing the total to 128. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 1,776,842, an increase of 27,203 since Wednesday. Oct. 7 4 p.m. On Wednesday, there were 59,364 coronavirus cases reported, up 123 since Tuesday. Out of 7,617 tests administered, 123 came back positive. That leaves a positivity rate of 1.6 percent. There was 1 new coronavirus-related death reported on Wednesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,522. Hospitalizations increased by 9, bringing the total to 138. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 1,749,639, an increase of 7,617 since Tuesday. 9:50 a.m. Gov. Ned Lamont issued a correction to Oct. 6's data, which adjusted the state's positivity rate down to .07 percent. He said there was a data entry error and that the number of tests performed since Oct. 5 was actually 17,714, not the previously reported 8,200. Lamont said the data was corrected on the state's coronavirus website <a href="http://ct.gov/coronavirus" target="_blank">here</a>. Oct. 6 4:20 p.m. On Tuesday, there were 59,241 coronavirus cases reported, up 121 since Monday. That leaves a positivity rate of 1.5 percent. There were 4 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Tuesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,521. Hospitalizations stayed the same, keeping the total at 129. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 1,742,022, an increase of 8,200 since Monday. Oct. 5 4 p.m. On Monday, there were 59,120 coronavirus cases reported, up 823 since Friday. That leaves a positivity rate of 1.64 percent. There were 4 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Monday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,517. Hospitalizations increased by 19, bringing the total to 129. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 1,724,308, an increase of 50,333 since Friday. Governor Ned Lamont said New London County represents half of the hospitalizations. Oct. 2 On Friday, there were 58,297 coronavirus cases reported, up 460 since Thursday. That leaves a positivity rate of 1.4 percent. There were two new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Friday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,513. Hospitalizations increased by 3, bringing the total to 110. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 1,673,975, an increase of 33,808 since Thursday. Oct. 1 4:20 p.m. Gov. Lamont said 133 students and staff tested positive for COVID-19 last week. 4:15 p.m. On Thursday, there were 57,742 coronavirus cases reported, up 192 since Wednesday. That leaves a positivity rate of 1.8 percent. There were three new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Thursday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,511. Hospitalizations increased by 3, bringing the total to 107. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 1,601,944, an increase of 10,372 since Wednesday. Sept. 30 4 p.m. On Wednesday, there were 57,550 coronavirus cases reported, up 221 since Tuesday. That leaves a positivity rate of 1.8 percent. There were three new coronavirus-related death reported on Wednesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic at 4,508. Hospitalizations increased by 12, bringing the total to 104. The number of tests performed since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 1,591,572, an increase of 12,390 since Tuesday. For a breakdown of coronavirus cases in September, click <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/coronavirus-in-ct-hospitalizations-jump-over-100-positivity-rate-reaches-1-8/article_2ee0e4fc-f2ee-11ea-beee-4bb138725890.html" target="_blank">here</a>. For earlier developments, click <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/the-latest-wednesdays-stats-show-no-new-covid-deaths-positivity-rate-rises-to-1-5/article_54edec52-67ad-11ea-8482-877cb5d00dcd.html" target="_blank">here</a>.
Avon schools move to remote learning after positive cases among students who attended gatheringAVON, CT (WFSB) – Avon Public Schools announced it will be transitioning to full remote learning beginning Thursday, December 3. All schools will be full remote learning until December 14. This comes after the district said there were positive cases among high school students that was associated with a common social gathering outside of the school over Thanksgiving break. “As we have worked to conduct contact tracing today, we have determined that there are potential contacts and connections across all of our schools,” said Dr. Bridget Heston Carnemolla, Superintendent of Schools. The district said it was also advised of several other unrelated pending cases associated with students and staff. “The decision to move to remote learning was not made lightly as our goal from the beginning has been to keep our students in school learning,” Dr. Heston Carnemolla said.