Coronavirus hasn't given Connecticut much to celebrate over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the latest health statistics, but area municipalities have seen declines in their weekly caseloads.
Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire all saw week-to-week drops in the number of COVID-19 cases within their borders. Meriden had 272 cases in the week ending Nov. 21, 82 cases less than the week before, which had 354; Wallingford had 141, a 93-case drop; Southington, 108, a 33-case decline; and Cheshire had 57 cases, down from 92 the week before, according to state officials.
Statewide, meanwhile, 3,429 new cases were confirmed since Wednesday, bringing Connecticut's total to 112,581. With 71,327 tests administered since Wednesday, the state's positivity rate is now 4.81 percent, with 3,146,829 tests administered overall. Thirty-five people died over the Thanksgiving holiday, Gov. Ned Lamont said.
Connecticut's coronavirus hospitalizations topped 1,000 as of Friday with 1,107 — the highest level since the pandemic's first wave in May. Experts fear that Thanksgiving will prompt another sharp upward trend in cases with families congregating for the holidays, but It will take a week or two for case counts to show whether that happened.
Meanwhile, Meriden's daily rate of new COVID-19 occurrences increased from 74.9 cases per 100,000 residents as of the week of Nov. 14 to a flat 75 cases per 100,000. Wallingford's also increased by 2.8 cases, to 60.1 per 100,000. Southington's declined from 43.4 to 40.6, with Cheshire's increasing from 34 per 100,000 to 36.5.
Merident's total case count is 2,537, with 95 deaths. Wallingford has had the same number of deaths but had 1,460 cases, while Southington has had 1,002 cases and 37 total deaths. Cheshire has had 617, and 26 deaths.