The COVID-19 positivity rate remained steady at 3.64% as 26 more people died of the virus.
Out of over 34,000 coronavirus tests performed, 1,258 came back positive. On Thursday, the positivity rate was down to 3.55%.
The state's virus death toll is now 7,046.
Hospitalizations are down once again. With a decrease of 10, there are now 985 people with the virus in Connecticut hospitals.
As the coronavirus mutates and new variants emerge, the next few weeks will be crucial for Connecticut and the country as a whole, officials from Trinity Health of New England said Friday morning.
Eight cases of the more easily transmissible COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, known as the UK variant, have been found in Connecticut.
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