State’s COVID surge may be subsiding



A Hartford HealthCare official said if the existing data holds, the surge of COVID-19 infections in the state may be subsiding.

“Jan. 11 was the peak for hospitalizations, (Jan. 12) for ICUs, and Jan. 5 for admissions,” Ulysses Wu, chief of infectious disease at Hartford HealthCare, said Friday. “If they all hold true, we are now on the downside of the rollercoaster. This is statewide.” 

Four hours later, Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration released data revealing the state’s positivity rate had dropped to 19.35 percent and 22 fewer people were hospitalized, leaving a total of 1,895 patients. 

The numbers of influenza cases also continued to level off.

“We’ll have some ups and downs over the next month or two, but we should continue to maintain a downward trend at this point,” Wu said. 

The state’s latest COVID-19 report, which includes two weeks of data, showed 510 positive cases in Berlin, which kept the town in the coronavirus red zone.

The trigger for top-of-the-chart red status starts at 15 cases per 100,000 people per day. In the previous report, Berlin had 340 cases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may include fever or chills, coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Health officials encourage people to wear masks indoors and social distance if among unfamiliar people.

They are also encouraging people to get their first vaccine and boosters if their second shot was more than six months ago. 

A federal website where Americans can order free coronavirus rapid tests was to launch this week, allowing each household to order up to four tests, senior Biden administration officials said Friday. The website, called covidtest.gov, will require users to provide their name and address to receive the tests.

The government purchased 500 million rapid tests, according to media reports.



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