The coronavirus crisis continues to deepen in Connecticut as the state Department of Public Health reported Thursday there are 21 deaths and 1,012 cases of COVID-19 statewide.
The new cases increased from Wednesday's numbers of 19 deaths and 875 confirmed cases.
Of the 21 people who have died, 19 were older than the age of 70, 15 were over the age of 80, according to Gov. Ned Lamont.
Here is now the numbers break down by county:
- Fairfield County: 607
- New Haven: 156
- Hartford County: 138
- Litchfield County: 44
- Middlesex County: 18
- New London County: 13
- Tolland County: 33
- Windham County:3
Gov. Lamont said test rates in Connecticut may slow down in the coming days due to a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) at hospitals statewide.
Hospital administrators told Lamont that the PPE they do have needs to be used by medical staff treating ill patients, so they will have to limit the number of nurses and doctors who are testing for coronavirus.
Tests will still be available for people in critical need, such as severely ill patients with a prescription from a doctor, and frontline health care professionals who are working tirelessly to treat the sick, Lamont said.
The governor also issued an order to limit gatherings to no more than five people. That is a change from his original order, which limited gatherings to 10 people.