HARTFORD, CT (1010 WINS) -- Connecticut’s COVID-19 infection rate rose to 1.6 percent on Thursday — a number Gov. Ned Lamont called “concerning.”
Of the 13,857 COVID-19 tests results that came back on Wednesday, 220, or 1.6 percent, were positive, Lamont said at a news briefing Thursday afternoon. Connecticut reported a 1.2 percent infection rate on Wednesday; a 1.3 percent infection rate on Tuesday; and a 1.16 percent infection rate on Monday.
“Two hundred and twenty positive cases is concerning,” Lamont said. “That’s still one of the lowest (infection rates) in the country, but it is a trend.”
The state also reported one new COVID-19 death, he said. As of Wednesday evening, 75 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, up by five from Tuesday.
“We haven’t had 75 in the hospital since early July,” he said. “Seventy-five is just a little trend that we’re watching, because it’s continued for a bit.”
Connecticut has seen some flareups in Danbury and Mansfield, and is tracking those cases “carefully,” he noted.
“All those folks who think we’re out of the woods, and it’s time to just let it rip, this reminds you why we continue to be very cautious,” he said. “I’ve said on a number of occasions that I think these next two or three months are really key to what we do going forward.”