CORONAVIRUS IN CONNECTICUT: 61 new deaths, 886 new cases; hospitalizations decline for 12 days straight

Maya Rajamani
May 04, 2020 - 4:31 pm

    HARTFORD, C.T. (1010 WINS) -- Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday reported 61 new COVID-19 deaths and 886 new positive cases, but said that hospitalizations have been on the decline for 12 days in a row.

    A total of 30,173 Connecticut residents have now tested positive for COVID-19 and 2,556 have died, according to Lamont.

    "The death rate, blessedly, is slightly lower the last five days than it was the previous five days," Lamont said.

    Hospitalizations have been declining for 12 days straight, he said. As of Monday, 1,464 people in the state were hospitalized, down by 24 from Sunday.

    "That's an important metric, as you've heard me describe before," the governor said. "The reason it's going down is... Fairfield, Hartford and New Haven [counties] are all on a downward trend. The other counties have not really had a big uptick, thankfully, thanks to social distancing and taking that seriously which we really appreciate."

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    Connecticut has now tested a total of 105,330 people for the virus.

    On Tuesday, Lamont's team will provide an update on schools and summer camps, he said. Later in the week, they will discuss a plan to get universities and colleges "back up to speed."

    Lamont last week announced a tentative plan to begin reopening the state in phases on May 20.

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