CONNECTICUT – The number of Connecticut cities in the COVID-19 emergency response red zone has more than doubled in the past week, according to data released Thursday afternoon from the state Department of Public Health.
DPH now counts 67 cities in the highest alert category, up from 31 last week.
These “red zone” cities are: Ansonia, Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Bristol, Brooklyn, Burlington, Canterbury, Chaplin, Columbia, Cornwall, Coventry, Darien, Derby, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Lyme, Enfield, Franklin, Goshen , Granby, Griswold, Groton, Hampton, Hartland, Harwinton, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Litchfield, Marlborough, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New London, New Milford, North Branford, North Canaan, North Stonington, Norwich, Oxford, Plainfield, Plainville, Plymouth, Pomfret, Preston, Putnam, Seymour, Somers, Southington, Sprague, Sterling, Stonington, Suffield, Thomaston, Thompson, Torrington, Trumbull, Union, Voluntown, Waterbury, Waterford, Watertown, Windham, Wolcott, and Woodbury.
The Naugatuck Valley has returned as a hotspot for coronavirus and joins the eastern part of the state with the largest concentration of red zone municipalities.
The color codes correspond to instructions from DPH. Populations in the red zone have reported 15 or more cases per capita. 100,000 people above a two-week average.
On Thursday, the COVID-19 positivity fell to the ground again to 2.55 percent. Out of 29,321 tests taken, 747 cases were confirmed.
Twenty-five residents have died from COVID-19 over the past seven days, a decrease from last week’s report of 33 deaths from the state Department of Public Health. The death toll from coronavirus in the state is currently 8,834.
DPH reports that as of Thursday, a total of 21,071 cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated individuals in Connecticut have been confirmed. Of the 2,411,890 people who have completed their vaccine series, 0.87 percent of Connecticut’s fully vaccinated individuals have contracted the virus, a 0.06 percent increase from last week’s Department of Public Health report.
Nationwide, coronavirus-related deaths have dropped by 1 percent over the past seven days. The number of cases, on the other hand, has tracked upward by 18 percent, according to the World Health Organization.
According to the vaccine trace maintained by the Mayor Clinic, about 71.5 percent of Connecticut’s total population received all of their COVID-19 vaccine shots as of Thursday afternoon, an increase of half a percentage point from last week’s inventory. Nationwide, only 59.2 percent of the population has completed their vaccine series, and that needle has not moved very far in the past seven days. Connecticut’s vaccination rate is only lagging behind Vermont and Maine.
As of Thursday, residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine include more than 95 percent of those over the age of 65, 93 percent of those between 55-64 (an increase of 1 percent from last week). 84 percent of those between 45-54, 85 percent of those between 35-44 (up 1 percent from last week), 78 percent of those between 25-34 (up 1 percent from last week), 72 percent of those between 18- 24 (up 1 percent from last week), 81 percent of those between 16-17 (up 1 percent from last week), 72 percent of those between 12-15 (up 1 percent from last week) and 13 percent of those in the latest eligibility level, aged 5-11.
The graph above illustrates the slow progress towards complete vaccination.
Predictably, residents in the eastern part of the state, with the highest coronavirus infection rates, are also least likely to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data released by DPH.
Mansfield remains the extreme, still with less than 39 percent of the population fully vaccinated. Of all the municipalities in Connecticut, only Canaan, with a population of 1,053, has fully vaccinated all its inhabitants.
The number of hospital beds in Connecticut that COVID-19 patients claim fell by six overnight. There are currently 241 coronavirus patients admitted to the state. Of those, 68, or 28.2 percent, are fully vaccinated.
Most of the Connecticut residents admitted for COVID-19 (80) can be found at hospitals in New Haven County.
The graphs above and below show the “relative risk” or difference in risk when comparing rates between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
Recent data show that unvaccinated residents have a 12 times higher risk of dying from coronavirus compared to those vaccinated. Their risk of hospitalization is seven times greater.
Although coronavirus deaths in Connecticut have dropped significantly since February, it is important to note that deaths – and hospitalization – have been consistently higher among unvaccinated individuals compared to fully vaccinated individuals.
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During the week 18.-24. November, only one school in Connecticut reported cases of coronavirus. Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton recorded fewer than six cases during the reporting period, according to DPH.