Connecticut’s weekly COVID-19 infection rate ticked upward again Wednesday after the state recorded its first back-to-back daily rates at or beyond 2% since mid-June, according to Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration.
Connecticut last logged back-to-back days at or beyond the 2% threshold on June 14 and 15.
After most recent two reports, the state’s average infection rate for the past week stood at 1.6%. It hovered at or below 1% for much of the summer, but Connecticut’s rate remains one of the lowest in the nation.
Lamont, who recently eased pandemic-related restrictions on businesses for a third time since shutdowns began last spring, said he would consider tightening rules again if weekly infection rates approached 5%.
The Lamont administration also reported 16 more people hospitalized with the coronavirus, boosting the total to 188. That sum has grown by 50 patients over the past week, an average of just more than seven patients per day.
That’s the most people Connecticut has had hospitalized with COVID-19 since June 15, when the tally was 201 patients. That’s still well below the peak of 1,949 people hospitalized with the virus on April 21.
Administration officials said just 2% of Connecticut’s hospital beds currently are being used by COVID patients. And hospital beds statewide are only half full — taking into account patients with all types of conditions — leaving significant capacity should the pandemic worsen again.
The latest report also included four more deaths from COVID-19, pushing the statewide total since the pandemic began to 4,537.