COVID-19 cases continue to dip

COVID-19 cases continue to dip

The United States is administering an average of nearly 1.7 million coronavirus vaccine doses per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the Biden administration said Tuesday it was boosting the amount of vaccine sent to states to 13.5 million doses per week, a 57 percent increase from when President Joe Biden took office nearly a month ago, as well as doubling to 2 million the weekly doses being sent to pharmacies.

At the same time, coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are down sharply over the past six weeks, and new cases have plummeted.

Connecticut’s most recent coronavirus report, issued Feb. 11, showed 33 positive cases in Durham and 16 in Middlefield. That works out to an average of 33 daily cases in Durham and 26.1 in Middlefield per 100,000 people.

The previous report showed 35 positive cases in Durham and 25 in Middlefield, and the Jan. 28 summary showed 43 positive cases in Durham and, again, 25 in Middlefield.

As of Feb. 11, the total of laboratory-confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases reported among Connecticut residents was 267,337, including 250,915 laboratory-confirmed and 16,422 probable cases. Six hundred seventy-four patients were hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. There had been 7,381 COVID-19-associated deaths.

While reminding the public to continue social distancing and mask wearing, the lower case numbers and increased vaccinations, has led to Gov. Ned Lamont calling for more business reopening in March. If the trendlines continue, starting March 19, private, social and recreational events at commercial venues will be able to increase indoor capacity to 50 percent, capped now at 100 people — an increase from 25 people. Outdoor events capacity can now be up to 200 people — an increase from 50 people.

Town Times report


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