Coronavirus Cases Close in on 14,000 in Connecticut; 671 Deaths

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Coronavirus cases in Connecticut climbed by 608 since Monday and there were 69 new deaths, according to Gov. Ned Lamont.

That brings the total to 13,989 cases and the death toll has now reached 671.

The number of hospitalizations statewide rose by 19, with 1,779 currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

Gov. Lamont said one of the reasons the net increase in hospitalizations was down was because there were a large number of patients who were discharged since Monday.

While new hospitalizations have increased steadily in Hartford County, hospitalizations in New Haven County went down, according to Lamont.

New Haven County has nearly 1,200 more coronavirus cases than Hartford County, but for the first time, COVID-19 deaths in Hartford County surpassed those in New Haven County.

On Monday, Gov. Ned Lamont participated in a conference call with governors from New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Delaware to announce a plan to form a joint panel to develop a reopening plan for the region.

Massachusetts was later added to the partnership of northeastern states.

On Tuesday, Gov. Lamont said he was looking at several dates as he works to get the state economy running again and gets people back to work.

He reiterated the date of May 20, which is the date to which he pushed back the earliest chance to have schools and businesses to reopen.

Lamont also said July 1 would be a key date to get unemployment down and the economy running or the federal government will have to step in with additional financial aid for the state.

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