As of April 6, there were a total of 6,906 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Connecticut, according to the state Department of Public Health. One thousand, two hundred and twenty-one people have been hospitalized, and 206 residents have died.
Cases and deaths by county as of April 6:
Fairfield County 3719, 101
Hartford County 882, 31
Litchfield County 230, 8
Middlesex County 135, 7
New Haven County 1468, 41
New London County 65, 4
Tolland County 103, 13
Windham County 40, 1
Of the state’s 215 nursing homes, 73 have had at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 according to the state DPH. A total of 477 nursing home residents with COVID-19 have been identified; 142 were hospitalized and 65 have died, the DPH reported April 6.
A new report issued Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data says that COVID-19 cases in children might be less severe than cases in adults and that children (younger than 18) might experience different symptoms than adults, according to the CDC.
In the U.S. from Feb. 12 through April 2, relatively few children with COVID-19 were hospitalized, and fewer children than adults experienced fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Some severe outcomes have been reported in children, including three deaths, according to the CDC.
The CDC says that since pediatric COVID-19 patients might not have fever or cough, social distancing and other preventive behaviors are important for all age groups, because patients with less serious illness or those without symptoms are still able to transmit the virus.
Gov. Ned Lamont released state models showing that the virus will peak in Fairfield County in late April, followed by New Haven County several weeks later.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington has a forecasting model of COVID-19 cases here.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Connecticut National Guard have set up a 200-bed mobile hospital at a Southern Connecticut State University’s Moore Field House to treat COVID-19 patients.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after exposure. If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, the CDC recommends calling your doctor.
Lamont has issued the following orders:
- Stay Safe, Stay Home: This order directs all nonessential businesses statewide to prohibit in-person functions. This remains in effect until April 22, unless modified. Go here to see guidance about which businesses can remain open and which must close.
- Travelers: Any person coming into Connecticut by any mode of transportation for any reason is strongly urged to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Gatherings: All social and recreational gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. This includes things such as sports, parades, concerts, festivals, live performances, and conventions. Religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings of more than 50 are prohibited. This remains in effect through April 30, unless modified.
- Food establishments: Restaurants and bars that serve food are required to provide take-out and delivery services for off-premise consumption only. These establishments must limit entrance of customers to the minimum extent necessary to pick up and/or pay for orders, and use touchless payment if available, through April 30, unless modified.
- Retail establishments: Stores that are permitted to stay open must limit occupancy to allow for six-foot distancing between all people, including in payment lines. They must also use touchless payment if available.
- Gyms, movie theaters, hair and nail salons: All gyms, fitness centers, and similar sports venues; theaters and cinemas; and hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas, and tattoo parlors are closed until April 30, unless modified.
- Schools: Classes at all public schools are canceled through April 20, unless modified.
Go here for the most up-to-date state information.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines about how to stay safe during this coronavirus pandemic.
Yale New Haven Health has opened a call center for those concerned about COVID-19. The number is 833-275-9644. For more information, go here.
Hartford HealthCare has set up a COVID-19 Clinical Command hotline staffed with professionals. To reach the 24-hour hotline, call 860-972-8100 or (toll-free) 833-621-0600. For information, go to: https://hartfordhealthcare.org/health-wellness/coronavirus
Feeling anxious or depressed? You can call the National Alliance on Mental Illness Connecticut (NAMI-CT) hotline at 860.882.0236. Workers are available to talk live, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
NAMI Connecticut offers more than 70 FREE, confidential support groups across the state that are peer-led. They are facilitated by people who have experienced what you have/are experiencing. Many of them are associated with our affiliates across the state. During the current COVID-19 crisis, we have moved these groups online. NAMI Support Groups: https://namict.org/find-support/support-groups/
And, a virtual Family Support Group is held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm; visit https://namict.org/find-support/support-groups/ for details.
The World Health Organization has information here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
John Hopkins University & Medicine’s experts in global public health and infectious diseases has compiled a website to help advance the understanding of COVID-19. View the website, which includes an interactive map of cases worldwide: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/