CORONAVIRUS IN CONNECTICUT: 23 new deaths, 271 new cases; state rolls out 19 new mobile testing sites

Maya Rajamani
May 28, 2020 - 6:03 pm

    HARTFORD, CT (1010 WINS) -- Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday reported 23 new COVID-19 deaths and 271 new cases as the state rolled out a new mobile testing program. 

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    A total of 41,559 people in Connecticut have now tested positive for COVID-19, and 3,826 have died of complications related to the virus, Lamont said. 

    As of Thursday, 648 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19, down by 36 from Wednesday. The state has tested at least 235,525 people for the virus, but Lamont has said he hopes to see 100,000 tests carried out each week. 

    At his daily briefing on Thursday, the governor announced the launch of a mobile COVID-19 testing program that Trinity Health of New England and Charter Oak Health Center will oversee. 

    Nineteen mobile testing sites across the state will provide free COVID-19 testing in the coming weeks, he said. Hartford, East Hartford, Bloomfield and Windsor are among the locations that will host the sites.

    Asked if Connecticut would delay its second phase of reopenings — which is slated for around June 20 — if the state doesn’t reach the benchmark of 100,000 tests per week, Lamont said he would “certainly take a look at that,” but maintained he was “very confident” that testing in the state is moving in the right direction. 

    “It fell off a little bit over Memorial Day weekend for reasons you can probably understand,” he said, but noted that the state is “doing everything we can to ramp that up.”

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