Connecticut's COVID-19 Test Positivity Rate Jumps Above 1%; Hospitalizations Increase

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Connecticut's COVID-19 test positivity rate jumped above 1% on Wednesday as hospitalizations increased, according to the latest date from the state Department of Public Health.

A total of 89 new coronavirus cases were confirmed since yesterday out of 5,943 tests that were administered, resulting in a 1.5% positivity rate, according to the state data. The number of active COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state also increased by seven to a total of 57 patients currently hospitalized. Four of those new hospitalizations came from Hartford County, which currently has 20 COVID-19 hospitalizations.

No new COVID-19 associated deaths were reported.

The one-day uptick in the state's positivity rate, which has hovered below 1% for much of the past month, comes amid reports of positive cases in local school districts as students return to class.

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