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07/01/2022

Governor Lamont provides update on Connecticut’s coronavirus response efforts

Last data at 4:00 p.m. on Friday January 7, 2022

(HARTFORD, CT) – As the state of Connecticut continues to take action in response to the global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor Ned Lamont provided the following updates at 4:00 p.m. on Friday January 7, 2022:

Connecticut Testing Data Updates

The following is a summary of newly reported day-to-day data on cases and testing in Connecticut. It’s important to note that these newly reported updates include data that has occurred in the past few days to one week. All data in this report is preliminary and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

General summary

Total

Change since yesterday

COVID-19 cases (confirmed and probable)

573 711

+10 076

COVID-19 tests reported (molecular and antigen)

13,760,586

+41 038

Daily positivity test

24.55%

Patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19

1,810

+26

From 1,810 patients currently hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, 1218 (67.3%) are not fully immunized.

For the week starting December 26, 2021, unvaccinated people had a 3.3 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 compared to those fully vaccinated.

For the week starting December 26, 2021, unvaccinated people had a 17.2 times more risk of dying of COVID-19 compared to those fully vaccinated.

Data on deaths associated with COVID-19 is updated once a week every Thursday. The most recent total number of deaths reported is 9 281.

County-by-county distribution of current hospitalizations related to COVID-19:

county

Current COVID-19 hospitalizations

Fairfield County

516

Hartford County

441

Litchfield County

38

Middlesex County

40

New Haven County

627

New County of London

110

Tolland County

11

Windham County

27

Total

1,810

For a series of interactive charts and maps that provide additional data, including measures related to age, gender, and race / ethnicity, as well as data disaggregated by city and town of Connecticut, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click on the link titled “Data Tracker”.

Governor Lamont signs decree on COVID-19

Governor Lamont today signed an executive decree relating to the declarations of public health and civil preparedness emergencies he issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Decree No. 14D enacts the following provisions:

  • Flexibility to provide adequate healthcare resources and facilities: Amends certain statutes, regulations, rules and policies related to the certificate of need process to allow an increase in the capacity of authorized beds in healthcare facilities for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. This is similar to an order that was issued during the initial outbreak of the pandemic.
  • Practice before authorization to practice for certain candidates and graduates of health professions: Amends certain statutes to allow graduates in health care to practice before authorization to practice during the duration of public health and civil preparedness emergencies. This is similar to an order that was issued during the initial outbreak of the pandemic.
  • Temporary permits for certain long-term care providers: Extends the length of some temporary licenses for essential health care workers such as respiratory care practitioners and relaxes some licensing and supervision requirements for physician assistants and advanced nurse practitioners. This is similar to an order that was issued during the initial outbreak of the pandemic.
  • Participation in the resident medical assistant program before the permit is issued: Amends state laws to allow a person to participate in a resident medical assistant program at an acute hospital that offers a postgraduate medical education program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Medical Education supervisor without a license, temporary permit or training permit issued by the Ministry of Public Health, provided that the hospital administrator certifies that the person is to be appointed resident physician assistant in that hospital and that he has complied with certain requirements. This is similar to an order that was issued during the initial outbreak of the pandemic.
  • Temporary suspension of supervision restrictions for physician assistants: Amends state statutes to suspend supervision requirements for medical assistants licensed to practice in the state of Connecticut. This is similar to an order that was issued during the initial outbreak of the pandemic.
  • Temporary Suspension of In-Person Supervision Requirement for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses: Amends state laws to suspend the requirement that a physician, medically directing the prescribing activity of an advanced practice registered nurse who prescribes and administers medical treatments during surgery, must be physically present in the establishment, clinic or other setting where the surgery is being performed. This is similar to an order that was issued during the initial outbreak of the pandemic.
  • No employer fees for escrow fees: Relieves individual businesses and non-profit organizations from the cost of preserving extended unemployment insurance benefits despite a slight reduction in federal funding for such benefits.

Providing Information to Connecticut Residents

For the state of Connecticut’s most recent information on COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit ct.gov/coronavirus. Residents can also subscribe to state SMS alerts by submitting the keyword COVIDCT at 888-777.

People who have general questions that the website cannot answer can call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance. Anyone out of state or in need of a toll-free number can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 by dialing 1-800-203-1234. This is intended for use by people who are symptom free but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone showing symptoms is strongly advised to contact their doctor.

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