Coronavirus Hospitalizations Drop Again; Cases Approach 24,000

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Connecticut saw its largest drop in COVID19-related hospitalizations on Friday since the pandemic began in the state in March, with a net decrease of 70 hospitalizations.

There were 821 new coronavirus cases in Connecticut since Thursday and 125 new deaths, according to Gov. Ned Lamont.

That brings the total number of cases to 23,921 and the death toll now stands at 1,764 in the state.

Kathleen Silard, the president and CEO of Stamford Health, said during a news conference with the governor that Stamford Hospital had fewer coronavirus patients than patients being treated for other issues Friday for the first time since the crisis began.

The state also released the number of people discharged from hospitals after recovering from COVID-19. That number as of Friday stands at 3,372.

Nursing Homes

Of the 1,764 coronavirus-related fatalities in Connecticut, 43-percent, of 768 people were patients from nursing homes, according to Connecticut chief operating officer Josh Geballe.

The Department of Public Health has extended a ban of visitors to nursing homes until Sept. 9. The date is the current length of the public health emergency declared by Gov. Lamont back in March, Geballe said.

He said it can be revised if health conditions in the state change.

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