Connecticut's COVID-19 Positivity Rate Jumps to Nearly 11%

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Connecticut's COVID-19 positivity rate spiked to 10.72% on Tuesday, the state's highest level in months.

Of 34,422 tests performed, 3,689 came back positive, according to data from the Department of Public Health.

The U.S. counted 214,764 COVID-19 cases and 2,105 reported deaths Sunday. The 2.4 million cases logged so far in January is more than any other month except November's 4.3 million and December's 6.4 million. In all, more than 22.4 million have been infected and 374,000-plus have died of the disease, according to NBC News' tally. At least 50 cases of the more contagious variant have been identified so far in the U.S.

There were also 31 new coronavirus-related deaths reported on Tuesday.

The current number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 increased by 12. There are currently 1,154 coronavirus patients hospitalized in Connecticut.

NBC Connecticut's Matt Austin spoke with State of Connecticut Chief Operating Officer Josh Geballe about how the state is preparing to distribute the COVID vaccine to those 75 and older.
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