REDDING, CT — Connecticut continues to make headway in the battle against coronavirus as the state’s infection rate continues to drop and vaccinations pick up the pace.
Connecticut’s per capita infection rate saw a slight drop from the previous reporting period. The state averaged 21.1 daily coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents between Feb. 14 and 27 — the previous two-week average was 22.8 and the peak around the New Year was nearly 70.
More towns are dropping off the state’s red alert level for coronavirus infections. Towns fall into the red zone when average daily cases exceed 15 per 100,000 population — 104 of 169 towns are still in the red zone, but that is an improvement of a dozen towns from the previous week
Redding recorded 11 new coronavirus cases between Feb. 25 and March 3, according to the state Department of Public Health’s preliminary data. There have been 420 cases recorded since the pandemic began and 19 coronavirus deaths.
Redding had 11 average daily cases per 100,000 residents between Feb. 14 and 27 and a positive test rate of 2.30 percent. There were 11.7 average daily cases per 100,000 residents in the previous two-week reporting period. It’s important to note that a relatively small number of cases can have a big effect on the case rate, especially in smaller towns.
Connecticut continues to make headway in its vaccination program with more than 680,000 residents receiving at least one dose.
Around three out of every four residents over the age of 75 has received at least one dose. Nearly six out of every 10 residents between 65 and 74 has also received at least one dose.
Redding had 1,673 first doses administered as of March 1. About 18.35 percent of town residents have received at least one dose.
DPH estimates that 72.27 percent of Redding residents 75 and older have received at least one dose. Around 65.46 percent of residents between 65 and 74 have received at least one dose. DPH uses 2014 Connecticut population estimates for age groups, which is the most recent reliable estimate available.