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State Department of Health provides COVID-19 update for Greater Danbury area

The state Department of Public Health is reporting Bethel and Ridgefield COVID-19 infection rates each went up 1.5 percent since last week to 4.6 percent and 4.2 percent.  Brookfield, Newtown and Danbury increased by about 2 percent each to 6.3 percent, 5.7, and 4.6 percent, respectively.  New Fairfield and Redding went up 2.5 percent each to 5.3 and 5.8 percent.  New Milford's rate actually ticked down a fraction to 7.3 percent.

After days of dozens of new hospitalizations in Connecticut of people with lab confirmed COVID-19, there was just one new patient yesterday compared to Thursday.  Of the 576 patients currently hospitalized, 77.4 percent are not fully vaccinated.

Compared to being vaccinated, the state Department of Public Health says being unvaccinated currently has a relative risk 5 times higher of being infected with COVID-19, 12 times higher of being hospitalized and 16 times higher of dying from COVID-19.

As of December 8th, little more than 29,000 cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated persons in Connecticut have been identified. Of the fully vaccinated Connecticut population, that means less than 1.2 percent breakthrough rate.

27-percent of Connecticut children 5 to 11 years old have received their first dose of a vaccine. 

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