The COVID-19 positivity rate in Connecticut has risen to 8.33 percent, according to the governor’s office. That seems to be the highest value in 11 months. The governor’s office also announced that there is a second confirmed case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in the state.
Second case of a COVID-19 Omicron variant in CT
The governor’s office said the second case of the COVID-19 omicron variant involves a fully vaccinated man in his twenties from Fairfield County.
The governor’s office said he had not reported any connections with the NYC Anime 2021 convention but traveled to New York City the week before his symptoms appeared.
The man developed mild symptoms on December 2, and tested positive on a rapid antigen test at home and a molecular test on December 4. Sequencing of the case was done by the Yale School of Public Health.
Governor addresses a COVID positivity rate of 8.3 percent
The Connecticut COVID positivity rate increased from 5.8% on Monday to 8.33% on Tuesday.
It appears that Connecticut’s positivity rate was last over 8 percent on Jan. 8, before vaccines became widely available. The rate on that day was 8.46%.
At that point, 1,109 people with COVID-19 have been hospitalized and there have been 3,236 more cases since the previous day.
“This is worrying because 95 percent of our people, eligible persons, have had at least one syringe. Obviously, the overwhelming majority of those infected are the unvaccinated, ”said Governor Ned Lamont of the positivity rate.
More and more people are coming to hospital for COVID-19 treatment. The number of hospital admissions across the country has increased about 20 percent since Friday.
As of Monday, 500 patients with COVID-19 had been hospitalized and 386, or 77.2%, were not fully vaccinated.
Figures released by the governor’s office on Tuesday said there have been 1,919 additional cases since Monday and 525 people are now being hospitalized, 25 more than Monday.
Of the 525 patients currently hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, 400 or 76.2% are not fully vaccinated, according to the governor’s office.
“You can just see that this germ is like a heat-seeking missile that really targets the unvaccinated directly, but also the number of people,” Lamont said.
The state publishes data on COVID-19-related deaths once a week every Thursday, and the governor’s office said the most recently reported total death toll is 8,909.
Lamont said he is not currently considering mandates or restrictions.
He said he is closely monitoring the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19.
The state has grown from 200 to more than 500 hospital admissions.
“As you recall, we were at 2,000 about a year and a half ago, so we still have capacity,” said Lamont. “I still feel that our hospitals are in very good shape. That’s the key metric I’m looking at. “
He urged people to be careful, be careful, and watch out for large crowds.