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Conn. Health Dept. updates Danbury area COVID-19 case rates

COVID-19 cases reported to the Connecticut Department of Public Health were cut by two thirds in Brookfield, falling back to the number from two weeks ago after a spike. Cases this week doubled in New Milford.  Rates held fairly steady in most other Greater Danbury area municipalities.  According to the report ending September 15th, there were 49 cases in Danbury, Bethel reported 15, and Brookfield had 6.  There were 24 COVID cases in New Milford, 12 in New Fairfield, 14 in Newtown, 5 in Redding while Ridgefield had 12. 


Most Greater Danbury area towns reported 50 to 150 COVID-19 tests to the state Department of Public Health over the last 7 days with positivity of 5 to 10 percent.  New Milford reported 250 and Danbury 585 tests, about the same as the week before.  Newtown reported 600 test results over the course of the week. At home tests are not reported. 

The rates are:

Newtown 2.8 percent

Brookfield 5.3 percent

New Milford 8.8 percent

Redding 8.9 percent

Danbury 9 percent

Bethel 9.4 percent

Ridgefield 9.9 percent

New Fairfield  10.8  percent


The rolling 7-day average test positivity rate in Connecticut is 9.4 percent, 4 tenths of a percent down from the week before. There were 3700 positive COVID cases reported to the state out of nearly 39,000 tests, 6,000 more tests than last week. 


The number of people in Connecticut hospitals testing positive for COVID-19 over the last 7 days decreased by 31.  The inpatient total is 326, with 39-percent not fully vaccinated. The number COVID-associated deaths in Connecticut has grown by 35 since last Thursday.


The number of people in Connecticut receiving a new Bivalent booster has increased significantly from last week.  More than 43,000 doses have been administered since last week, when just 600 had been administered.  Those are the new Pfizer and Moderna   shots that are meant to target the omicron subvariants currently circulating in the population as well as the original strain of COVID-19.


The BA5 Omicron subvariant of COVID-19 continues to make up the majority of the cases sent for genomic sequencing in Connecticut, according to the latest report. 84.6 percent of samples were BA5, while 12.7 percent were identified as BA4 and 2.3 percent as BA2.

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Rich Valdes

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