COVID-19 death rate on the rise in Connecticut

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WCBS 880) — The numbers coming out of Connecticut show the statewide COVID-19 infection rate, hospitalizations and deaths are inching upwards.

This week, Connecticut's positive test rate hit 3% after hovering around 1% over the summer. It dropped slightly to 2.6% on Wednesday.

Approximately 60 people have died so far this month. In September the death toll was 43 and in August the state recorded 33 deaths.

Hospitalizations are also climbing.

Eastern Connecticut is particularly hard-hit by this COVID resurgence.

Fairfield is at alert level orange, with cases on campus at Sacred Heart University and Fairfield University. The town put out a public service announcement advising local college students to wear masks to help prevent spreading the virus.

The state is bolstering local health departments with $20 million in federal funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help with contact tracing, overtime, equipment, flu shot clinics and eventually vaccine distribution.

Administered by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the funds will be distributed to all 65 local health districts and departments over three years based on per-capita and poverty levels.

Applications from 21 districts have so far been approved.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.