'Flattening the curve works': 7,781 cases of coronavirus reported in CT, with 277 virus-related deaths

Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday that there are 7,781 confirmed cases of coronavirus in that state, with 277 virus-related deaths.

News 12 Staff

Apr 7, 2020, 5:55 PM

Updated 1,468 days ago

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'Flattening the curve works': 7,781 cases of coronavirus reported in CT, with 277 virus-related deaths
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Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday that there are 7,781 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, with 277 virus-related deaths.
He says an additional 875 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and that there were 71 new virus-related deaths - which is the largest one-day jump in deaths so far.
Lamont also says that on average, about 90 people have been hospitalized in each of the last five days.
The week before, he says there were about 102 hospitalizations within that same timeframe.
"Flattening the curve works," Lamont says.
He also announced the Safe Workplace order, under which employees must self-monitor and self-test for fevers, and that anyone with a fever over 100.4 degrees does not go into work.
The number of ventilators in the state has now increased to 1,400 from 1,000 last week.
 
BRIEFING NOTES:
- "Flattening the curve works," Lamont says.
- There are 7,781 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, with 277 virus-related deaths. Lamont says there were 875 additional cases reported Tuesday.
- He says there are 1,308 hospitalizations related to coronavirus, and that there have been 29,036 coronavirus tests performed.
- Fairfield County has the most cases in the state, along with the most hospitalizations.
- Lamont says 99 firefighters in the state are in quarantine, and that 80% of EMS services are provided by firefighters.
- Officials say that many child care centers had closed on their own or at the discretion of their local health departments, and that they are working to help health care workers find day care for their children. They say 29 hospitals have opened up child care spaces for their workers.
- They say children are screened for their temperature, have to stay in small groups and small programs.
- Officials say 175 children are enrolled in the hospital day care program, and more are expected to join.
- Officials announced a new program, Connecticut Cares for Child Care, through which the state will be sending funds to help child care centers.
- The funds will be used to help pay for materials, pay employees, etc.
- Officials say people, in total, have filed for $650 million in loans.
- They also say that 38% of nursing homes in state have at least one reported coronavirus case.
- Lamont says that around 75% of people infected with coronavirus in the state have recovered.
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