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Connecticut's COVID-19 Positivity Rate is 4.27 Percent

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The state of Connecticut's COVID-19 positivity rate is 4.27 percent, Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday.

The number of positive cases rose by 1,662 since Wednesday and another 48 people have died. The number of hospitalizations declined, down 55 from Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the state's COVID-19 test positivity rate came in at 6.29%, up from 5.65% the day before.

On Tuesday, the governor announced the next round of Phase 1b vaccination appointments would likely open up in early February for residents aged 65 to 74.

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So far, the state has administered 258,267 doses of the vaccine, including 226,930 first doses and 31,337 second doses.

When asked about the availability of the vaccine, Lamont said residents who sign up for vaccines will get them on schedule.

The Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines are the two that have been approved and the state's current time frame for vaccinating people is based on those allocations. If Connecticut gets more vaccines, the state would be able to speed up the roll-out, Lamont said.

Lamont, who not yet received the vaccine, was asked when he would get one and said he would expect to be eligible in the next few weeks.

Among those eligible to receive the vaccine are school nurses who, as health care workers, are part of the early phases. Teachers are not, but some did received appointment notifications, The governor was asked about that Thursday and state Chief Operating Officer Josh Geballe said a "handful" of schools accidentally uploaded their entire roster to get vaccines.

People who did get the first dose of the vaccine will get a second dose, state officials said.

Yale New Haven Health opened six COVID-19 vaccination sites on Thursday for people 75 and older who qualify under the state’s Phase 1B.
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