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COVID-19 data for Greater Danbury area updated by Conn. DPH

The number of COVID-19 cases reported by most municipalities in the Greater Danbury area to the Connecticut Department of Public Health held fairly steady this week compared to last.  Brookfield and Danbury cut their case rates in half, but Ridgefield nearly tripled.  Redding did not report any positive cases for the 2nd week in a row.  According to the report ending October 20th, there were 24 cases in Danbury, Bethel reported 15, and Brookfield had 7.  There were 6 COVID cases in New Fairfield, 15 in New Milford, and 17 in Newtown, 0 in Redding while Ridgefield had 22. 


New state data released Thursday shows a decrease in COVID-19 positivity compared to last week.  The rolling 7-day average is 8.69 percent, down from 10-percent the week before. There were 2,800 positive COVID cases reported to the state out of nearly 33,000 tests, about 2,000 more than last week. The number of people in Connecticut hospitals testing positive for COVID-19 over the last 7 days has not changed.  The inpatient total is 405, with 36-percent not fully vaccinated. The number COVID-associated deaths in Connecticut has grown by 21 since last Thursday.


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. 79.7 percent of samples were BA5, while 15.7 percent were identified as BA4. BF 7, a new variant, was identified in 3.3 percent of samples tested.  The rest sent for sequencing were identified as BA 2.