A drop in the number of COVID-19 cases reported locally the past two weeks is raising hopes that the downturn is not a mirage.
The state’s most recent report, issued Dec. 31, showed 138 positive cases in North Haven. This is down from 150 the previous week and 186 the week ending Dec. 19.
Still, North Haven — like nearly every other Connecticut municipality – is in the coronavirus red zone. The color coded status for cities and towns represents two weeks of cases. The trigger for red status starts at a rate of 15 cases per 100,000 people per day.
While there has been some good news on the COVID front, Dec. 30 did see the state’s highest single-day positivity rate since the spring, and the state’s seven-day positivity rate rose last week to 6.65 percent, up from 5.6 percent at the start of the week, officials said.
Yet paradoxically, as of Dec. 31 the state had 1,136 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. That's 31 less since Dec. 30, and the fewest since late November.