Connecticut reaches 'unhappy milestone' as COVID-19 case total tops 100K: Lamont

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HARTFORD, CT (1010 WINS) -- Connecticut reached an “unhappy milestone” on Friday as the number of positive COVID-19 test results that have come back in the state surpassed 100,000, Gov. Ned Lamont said.

A total of 2,088 COVID-19 test results came back positive on Thursday, bringing the number of confirmed and probable cases in Connecticut to 101,469, Lamont said.

Connecticut’s COVID-19 infection rate stood at 6.63 percent on Thursday, he said. The state also reported 23 new COVID-19-related fatalities, pushing its death toll to 4,828.

As of Thursday evening, 848 people in the state were hospitalized with the virus, up by eight from Wednesday.

“Today I have to mark an unhappy milestone, which is 100,000 COVID-19 infections here in our state of Connecticut,” Lamont said in a video he posted on Twitter.

“But I want to say I am so impressed by the people of Connecticut. Crisis brings out the best in people, when it comes to our essential workers, when it comes to our cops and policemen, and nurses and doctors, and day care centers and teachers, all that you are doing in standing up and making a difference,” he said.

“I look at that 100,000 number and it makes me sad, [but] I think of what you are all doing on behalf of our state and I’m encouraged,” he added.