Most Connecticut cities and towns in red warning zone for COVID-19 infections

HARTFORD, Conn. – Sixty-five percent of Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns are now in red alert level, the highest of four levels for COVID-19 infections in the state, according to state data released Wednesday as families gather for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The 110 communities mark the largest number to be in the red zone according to state records since April 22, when there were 11.

Democratic government leader Ned Lamont on Tuesday urged residents to still take steps to protect themselves, noting that New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont had higher infection rates than Connecticut.

“That’s just a reminder that we’re not an island. That’s why we have to be very careful,” he said.

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins, the seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Connecticut has risen over the past two weeks from 341.71 new cases per day on Nov. 8 to 751.29 new cases per day on Nov. 22. In order for a community to be classified as being in the red alert zone, it must report cases of more than 15 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past two weeks.

This month, the number of Connecticut towns and villages in the red warning zone rose from Nov. 31 on Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 to 67 on Nov. 18 and to 110 on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, new data indicates there have been 31 new COVID-associated deaths in the state since last Thursday. To date, there have been 8,865 COVID-associated deaths in Connecticut since the start of the pandemic.

There were 300 COVID-related hospitalizations on Wednesday, the highest number since September 20.

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