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Bethel Is Included in 68 CT Towns Issued COVID-19 ‘Red Alert’ Status

Report by Paula Antolini, November 5, 2020, 6:28PM EDT

On November 5, 2020, Governor Lamont tweeted: “Our updated COVID-19 Alert Map shows that the virus continues to spread throughout Connecticut. We now have 68 towns and cities in the Red Alert Level, the highest of the state’s four alert levels. To see town-level data, check out this interactive map:

View interactive map here.

“This chart provides recommended guidance from public health officials at @CTDPH on actions that individuals, organized groups, and municipalities should take based on each of these alert levels,” said Lamont.

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COVID-19 Update November 05, 2020

As of November 04, 2020, at 8:30 PM, the total of laboratory-confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases reported among Connecticut residents is 77060, including 72261 laboratory-confirmed and 4799 probable cases. Three hundred eighty patients are currently hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. There have been 4656 COVID-19-associated deaths.

In Connecticut during the early months of this pandemic, it became increasingly clear that it would be necessary to track probable COVID-19 cases and deaths, in addition to laboratory-confirmed (molecular test) cases and deaths. It’s now pretty clear that the laboratories that are conducting testing will need increased staff, equipment and also more pharma fridges in order to store samples provided by members of the public. This was needed to better measure the burden and impact of this disease in our communities and is now part of the national surveillance case definition for COVID-19. Prior to June 1, probable and confirmed cases were reported together.

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Among towns with at least 5 new cases during October 18-31, sixty-eight towns had an average rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population per day, shown in red in the map below.

Map does not include 61 cases pending address validation. All data are preliminary and subject to change. Last updated 11-05-2020.

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