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CT COVID-19 Positivity Rate Nears 6%; Highest in Months

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Connecticut's COVID-19 test positive rate has climbed to nearly 6%, according to the governor's office. which is the highest it's been in nearly a year.

Gov. Ned Lamont said he is concerned.

"The 6% is really the highest we've been in close to a year," he said. "This, in a state that is the most vaccinated in the country."

On Monday, the rate was 5.25% positive, which was the first time the state had reached at least 5% since April.

The governor's office released the data on Tuesday afternoon and said the state's daily positivity rate is 5.96%. There are an additional 907 cases since Monday and an additional 11 people are hospitalized.

As of this afternoon, 395 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.

As long as there are people unprotected from the coronavirus, we are going to see variants like the new Omicron strain of COVID-19, says NBC medical correspondent Dr. John Torres.

The last time Connecticut's positivity rate reached 6% was in January. When the governor's office released the figures on Jan. 20, the daily positivity rate was 6.29%.

Lamont has been urging residents to get vaccinated and boosted as the holidays approach and as state and federal health agencies monitor the new omicron variant, first discovered in South Africa.

He said more people are getting the booster, which is good news.

Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani said Tuesday that all adults 18 and older should get a Covid-19 booster shot to maintain immunity "as we enter another wave in CT."

So far, there have been no confirmed cases of the new variant in the United States and there has been no evidence to suggest the variant is in Connecticut.

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