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Conn. Department of Public Health updates COVID-19 case rates for Greater Danbury area

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.  According to the report ending October 27th, there were 30 cases in Danbury, Bethel reported 12, and Brookfield had 10.  There were 0 COVID cases in New Fairfield, 12 in New Milford, and 30 in Newtown, 0 in Redding while Ridgefield had 6. 


Most Greater Danbury area towns reported about 100 to 180 COVID-19 tests to the state Department of Public Health over the last 7 days, but Newtown each reported about 650 tests.  Positivity rates vary in the region from 3.5 to 10 percent. At home tests are not reported. 


New state data released Thursday shows a decrease in COVID-19 positivity compared to last week.  The rolling 7-day average is 8.29 percent, half a percent lower than the week before. There were 2,700 positive COVID cases reported to the state out of nearly 33,000 tests, about the same as last week. The number of people in Connecticut hospitals testing positive for COVID-19 over the last 7 days decreased by 16 from last week.  The inpatient total is 389, with 30-percent not fully vaccinated. The number COVID-associated deaths in Connecticut has grown by 39 since last Thursday.


Another 60,000 new Bivalent COVID booster shots have been administered in Connecticut since last week.  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.


More Omicron subvariants of COVID-19 are being detected in cases sent for genomic sequencing in Connecticut, but BA5 remains the dominant strain at 77.2 percent.  Some 13.6  percent were identified as BA4. BF 7 was identified in 5.6  percent of samples tested and 3.1 percent as BQ 1.