CONNECTICUT – Connections for coronavirus in Connecticut on Wednesday exceeded 100 patients for the first time since the end of June.
The state also has a positive test rate of about 1.8% for the second day in a row. For now, the third phase of the country’s resumption, scheduled for October 8, still has the green light.
Connecticut saw a net increase of 17 patients on Tuesday for coronavirus hospitalizations, bringing the total to 92.
Gov. Ned Lamont said he did not want to exaggerate the increase, as the seven-day positive test in Connecticut was 1.2 percent, among the lowest in the country. He also noted that Connecticut still has enough hospital capacity.
The increase does not require the cancellation of the third phase of resumption, Lamont told a news conference. The third opening phase will bring 75 percent indoor dining capacity to restaurants instead of 50 percent. It also comes with larger capacity limitations for events such as weddings.
“Yes, if I saw it increase, as I saw it in Arizona, in Florida, the speed at which it would happen, which would really worry me,”
The reopening of K-12 schools does not appear to be a major driver for the recent increase, Lamont said. Schools in Arizona have been open for a month and the rate of infection in the state is declining. Meanwhile, schools in New York are not yet open and the positive infection rate in the city has reached 3 percent.
Some school systems are considering moving from hybrid learning to full personal learning, while others have at least temporarily halted the change. Lamont said schools should not automatically change their plans. Hybrid learning provides more social distance in the classroom, but also adds additional cohorts for children who spend their distance learning days in kindergarten or other daycare.
November is a big month for Connecticut: Lamont
November will bring more than a presidential election to Connecticut. The flu season is starting to accelerate, but the month may also bring new therapies, coronavirus testing strategies and a clearer idea of when a vaccine may be ready.
“It’s really stormy and November is going to be a really big month,” Lamont said.
He urged people to stay diligent and get tested if they have any symptoms of coronavirus. People should also not go out if they have symptoms.
Lamont and Lieutenant Susan Bisevich are encouraging people to get vaccinated against the flu to reduce flu infections, which will only put extra strain on the Connecticut health care system.
Last year, there were 3,000 hospital visits for people with flu-like symptoms and there were 79 flu-related deaths, Bisevic said.
“We just can’t get 3,000 people to go to the hospital while we’re also fighting Covid, so we urge everyone to get flu shots,” Bysiewicz said.
Additional resources for coronavirus quarantine
Quarantine for two weeks after a positive coronavirus diagnosis is easier said than done for many people in Connecticut. It can be especially difficult to isolate from other family members people living in a home with many generations and little space. Nonprofits, including United Way 211 and 4-CT, are helping to make this possible.
The state allocates an additional $ 220,000 each month for short-term hotel options for those who cannot self-isolate or quarantine at home.
More than $ 108,000 is being allocated over the next five months for cash cards to support basic expenses for those who have to quit work due to quarantine and are not eligible for unemployment insurance.
The Community Resource Coordinator program will work with contact tracking workers to help people in need of quarantine have access to food, housing and income if needed.