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COVID-19 infection rates increase in most of Greater Danbury area

The state department of Public Health is reporting Brookfield and Danbury's COVID-19 infection rates each increased by about 1 percent to 8.1 and 7.5 percent respectively.  Bethel, Newtown and Ridgefield each went up 1.5 percent to 7.6 percent, 8.8 percent and 6.4 percent respectively. New Fairfield and New Milford each jumped about 2 points to 10.2 and 9 percent infection rates respectively.  Redding's infection rate dipped half a percent to 6.9 percent. 

Connecticut has recorded another 75 COVID associated fatalities in the last week. 

Headed into the holiday weekend hospitalizations had increased slightly.  Of the 837 patients hospitalized with lab-confirmed COVID, 75-point-9 percent are not fully vaccinated.  Compared to being vaccinated against COVID-19, being unvaccinated has a relative risk 13 times higher of being hospitalized and dying, according to the state Department of Public Health.  Being unvaccinated has a 4 times higher risk of being infected with COVID.

The Department is reporting a 1.74 percent breakthrough rate of COVID-19 infections among the state's fully vaccinated population. 

922,000 booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Connecticut to date.  32-percent of Connecticut children 5 to 11 years old have received their first dose of a vaccine, a two percent increase over last week.  The 18 to 24-year old cohort also increased their vaccination rate by two percent.  The 25 to 44 year olds increased vaccination rates by one percent from last week. 

More than 95-percent of Connecticut residents 55 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Markley van Camp Robbins

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