Connecticut's COVID-19 test positive rate climbed to over 5% on Tuesday as hospitalizations and deaths from the disease continue to rise, according to the latest numbers from the state Department of Public Health.
Of the 30,715 coronavirus tests administered since Monday, 1,617 came back positive for a test rate of 5.26%. The previous seven-day rolling average for the state had been around 3.5% as of Monday, according to Gov. Ned Lamont.
Hospitalizations of patients facing COVID-19 increased by 20 to 518. Two more residents lost their lives from the disease, bringing the state's cumulative death toll to 7,885.
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In recent days, public health officials and elected leaders around the country have warned about the possibility of rising cases, especially with the Easter holiday and spring break, and have urged people to continue to practice mask wearing and social distancing.