Fauci: Connecticut's COVID-19 numbers 'favorable,' state 'in a good place'

Maya Rajamani
August 03, 2020 - 4:57 pm
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on July 31, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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HARTFORD, CT (1010 WINS) -- Connecticut is “in a good place” with respect to its COVID-19 numbers, but residents should remain vigilant if they want to keep them low, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday. 

Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, joined Gov. Ned Lamont’s COVID-19 briefing via Zoom on Monday afternoon. Lamont reported five new COVID-19 deaths, 252 new cases and a 0.7 percent positivity rate during the briefing — numbers Fauci called “favorable.” 

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“Connecticut is in a good place. The numbers that the governor just showed are really indicative that… you have the upper hand, because you have such a low rate that when you do get new cases, you have the capability of containment as opposed to mitigation,” Fauci said. 

“But the other thing I heard from the governor, that I’m very pleased with, is that despite the favorable numbers, you’re not pulling back on your vigilance in making sure you don’t have a surge of cases that would put you back, rather than stay where you are,” he added. 

Connecticut residents should continue to use masks; avoid crowded places; social distance; stay away from bars; wash their hands; and practice good hygiene, he said. 

Asked about a rally at Connecticut’s Capitol Building on Sunday that drew around 150 people protesting mandatory face coverings, as well as other COVID-19 prevention measures, Fauci said his message on masks remained unchanged.  

“No intervention in and of itself is perfect, but there is no doubt that wearing masks properly, wearing them indoors, particularly, and outdoors, also, and keeping social distance clearly, clearly is beneficial in preventing the resurgence of infections and turning around the kinds of resurgences that we’ve seen in the southern states,” he said. 

“For those who say don’t wear a mask, it’s of no benefit, that is untrue and misleading,” he added. 

Watch the full briefing below: