Officials in Meriden and Wallingford, less than a few hours apart, reported new COVID-19-related deaths Friday afternoon.
Meriden Mayor Kevin Scarpati, via his Facebook page, reported the city’s second death. Officials for Wallingford-based senior living services provider Masonicare reported the first COVID-19-related death of a resident in its facilities.
Meanwhile, state public health officials reported a total of 131 COVID-19 related deaths in Connecticut. Officials reported 4,914 total COVID-19 cases across the state, with 909 patients hospitalized.
Scarpati did not provide any additional details on the most recent death. He reported an additional seven residents had tested positive, bringing Meriden’s total to 40 confirmed cases.
In his daily press briefing, Gov. Ned Lamont indicated state officials are anticipating a peak surge in new COVID-19 related cases to come over the next four weeks. Fairfield County, the area of the state first struck with coronavirus cases, is expected to see its peak within the next two to three weeks, with New Haven County seeing a surge in cases two weeks after that, according to statewide forecasts. Hartford and New London counties are expected to see lower peak surges.
“That gives us a little planning room with how we allocate resources,” Lamont said.
At the outbreak’s peak, the state may need an estimated 12,000 hospital beds and 4,000 ventilators.
“We’ve got about maybe 7,000 beds overall. Only 4,000 right now are COVID-ready, so to speak,” Lamont said.
Lamont anticipated with the state utilizing surge hospitals in southern and central Connecticut and preparing empty nursing home spaces, officials should be able to get the 12,000 beds.
Acquiring the necessary ventilators will require more work.
Statewide, hospitals have a little more than 1,000 ventilators and are expecting 50 additional ventilators from the federal stockpile, Lamont said. “We’re working every day to see if we can get more ventilators,” he said.