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Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut’s hospitalizations increase slightly; positivity rate still around 1%

A hand sanitizer station is located at the entrance of the carousel, as well as at all other rides, as guests are asked to sanitize their hands before getting on the ride at Lake Compounce Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Bristol.
A hand sanitizer station is located at the entrance of the carousel, as well as at all other rides, as guests are asked to sanitize their hands before getting on the ride at Lake Compounce Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Bristol. (Kassi Jackson/The Hartford Courant)

Connecticut on Wednesday reported the second day in a row of slightly increased coronavirus hospitalizations, after weeks of a mostly steady decline. However, the state’s positivity rate remains low at around 1%, still well below the threshold of 5% set by the World Health Organization.

The state reported an increase of five hospitalizations on Wednesday — bringing the total to 88 — after reporting an increase of 14 the day before. Gov. Ned Lamont addressed the first day of increase at a Tuesday press conference, and said he wasn’t worried about the uptick because it didn’t represent a spike in admissions but a drop in discharges.

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Also on Wednesday, the state reported five new coronavirus-related deaths, for a total of 4,343. And with an additional 7,335 tests, the state also identified 75 new coronavirus cases, for a total of 47,108.

The state’s positivity rate continued to hover around 1% on Wednesday, after hitting a low of 0.5% on July 1. The positivity rate reflects the number of positive cases found out of the total number of tests conducted. It’s used to indicate whether a state or region is conducting enough testing — a lower positivity rate means that a state is identifying a larger portion of the actual coronavirus cases.

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Fairfield County, where coronavirus hit first, still has the highest number of coronavirus cases at nearly 17,000. And although Hartford County has only the third-highest number of cases — at 11,835 behind New Haven County’s 12,486 — Hartford and Fairfield counties are nearly tied for the number of coronavirus-related deaths.

Hartford County has seen 1,382 deaths while Fairfield County has seen 1,378.

Emily Brindley can be reached at ebrindley@courant.com.

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