Case Surveillance Update | 2020.08.20

Trends in short

  • The number of new COVID-19 cases in Connecticut has risen slightly in the last week. This week the state is seeing an average of 87 new cases per day, compared to 69 new cases per day last week.[1]
  • New cases are remaining stable in Rhode Island, which is seeing an average of 95 new cases per day this week compared to 93 last week.[2]
  • COVID-19 cases in the US continue to rise, which has led many states to delay their reopenings and others to close again and issue mandatory mask orders.

International case numbers

  • 22,473,382 COVID-19 cases worldwide; 789,103 deaths; 14,373,971 recovered.[3]
  • The United States has the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 5,540,022 cases. Brazil has the second highest number of cases with 3,456,652 cases, India third with 2,836,925, and Russia fourth with 939,833.
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Epidemic curve of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide by region (from European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control COVID-19 Situation Update, as of 8/20/2020).

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Distribution of coronavirus deaths worldwide by region (from European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control COVID-19 Situation Update, as of 8/20/2020).[4]

US National case numbers

  • 5,540,022 cases of coronavirus confirmed by lab tests, 173,415 deaths, and 1,925,049 recovered cases. 69,370,708 total tests have been conducted.[5]
  • California now has the highest number of cumulative cases at 647,531 and Florida is second at 588,602 cumulative cases. Transmission of COVID-19 is now occurring most quickly in the southern US– Florida, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, and Georgia are all home to counties with the highest number of new cases.[6]

Risk in population

Deaths involving COVID-19 reported to National Center for Health Statistics as of August 5, 2020[7]
Age group Total number of deathsPercentage of reported deaths
0-242700.19%
25-443,8032.68%
45-547,2995.13%
55-6417,58312.37%
65-7429,87021.01%
75+83,34058.62%
Provisional Death Counts for COVID-19 by Demographic Characteristics as of August 5, 2020[8]
Population Total
Female46.30%
Male53.70%
White41.50%
Black16.10%
American Indian or Alaskan Native0.30%
Asian10.30%
Hispanic29.90%
Other1.9%

Known cases in Connecticut (call 211 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211 for information)

  • As of August 18, 2020 there are 51,314 confirmed and probable cases (+59 from August 18),  hospitalizations (+2 from August 18), and 4,457 deaths. 1,000,9395 patients have been tested in the state.[9]
  • Confirmed and probable cases:
    • Fairfield County: 18,347 cases, 1,410 deaths
    • Hartford County: 12,956 cases, 1,419 deaths
    • Litchfield County: 1,638 cases, 139 deaths
    • Middlesex County: 1,425 cases, 192 deaths
    • New Haven County: 13,388 cases, 1,111 deaths
    • New London County: 1,499  cases, 106 deaths
    • Tolland County: 1,081 cases, 65 deaths
    • Windham County: 767 cases, 15 deaths
    • Pending address validation: 227 cases, 0 deaths

Increases in Cases and Deaths in CT with Percent Increase from Previous Reporting Period

CountyAugust 18August 10July 16July 6June 22
Fairfield Cases
(% increase)
Deaths
(% increase)

18,347 (1.7)
1,410 (0.001)

18,035 (5.7)
1,409 (1.0)

17,069 (1.5)
1,395 (1.3)

16,823 (2.1)
1,377 (1.2)

16,475 (2.6)
1,361 (3.7)
Hartford Cases (% increase)Deaths (% increase)
12,956 (1.2)
1,419 (0.002)

12,800 (6.3)
1,415 (8.6)

12,046 (2.10) 
1,403 (1.7)

11,794 (3.4)
1,380 (2.2)

11,405 (5.5)
1,350 (4.9)
Litchfield Cases
(% increase)
Deaths
(% increase)

1,638 (1.4)
139 (1.0)

1,615 (6.0)
138 (0.0)

1,523 (1.3)
138 (1.0)

1,504 (2.5)
137 (1.4)

1,467 (3.4)
135 (1.0)
Middlesex Cases
(% increase)
Deaths
(% increase)

1,425 (1.4)
192 (0.0)

1,405 (3.5)
192 (1.6)

1,357 (2.7)
189 (1.6)

1,321 (5.0)
186 (7.0)

1,259 (6.2)
174 (9.4)
New Haven Cases
(% increase)
Deaths
(% increase)

13,388 (1.2)
1,111 (0.5)

13,224 (3.9)
1,106 (1.5)

12,733 (2.2)
1,090 (1.10)

12,462 (2.3)
1,078 (1.6)

12,185 (3.0)
1,061 (5.0)
New London Cases
(% increase)
Deaths
(% increase)

1,499 (2.9)
106 (3.0)

1,457 (8.2)
103 (1.0)

1,347 (4.0)
102 (0.0)

1,296 (6.5)
102 (1.0)

1,217 (8.8)
101 (6.3)
Tolland Cases
(% increase)
Deaths
(% increase)

1,081 (2.3)
65
(0.0)

1,056 (12.5)
66
(1.5)

939 (1.5)
65 (1.6)

925 (3.4)
64 (0.0)

895 (3.6)
64 (6.7)
Windham Cases
(% increase)
Deaths
(% increase)

767 (3.1)
15
(0.0)

738 (13.4)
15
(7.1)

651 (4.3)
14 (0.0)

624 (7.8)
14 (0.0)

579 (37.9)
14 (0.0)

Connecticut Cumulative Statistics by Month for Age, Nursing Home/Assisted Living, and Race/Ethnicity per 100,000 

Age, total (deaths)Nursing home/assisted living, total (deaths)*Race/ethnicity rate per 100,000 population (deaths)
(end of month) Cases, (Deaths)<2020-4950-69>70WhiteBlackHispanic Other
Mar.3,128 (69)94 (0)1,419 (3)1,150 (25)461 (60)85 (11)NANANANA
Apr.27,700 (2,257)775 (2)10,820 (52)9,299 (391)6,572 (1,808)1,713 (375)365 (67)829 (89)723 (34)211 (11)
May42,743 (3,970)1,617 (2)16,792 (75)13,547 (655)10,660 (3,237)8,322 (1,884)584 (116)1,365 (146)1,248 (56)755 (42)
June46,572 (4,324)2,024 (2)18,805 (81) 14,380 (708)11,304 (3,533)8,672 (2,163)677 (132)1,577 (166)1,493 (63)860 (47)
July49,810 (4,432)2,572 (2)20,518 (82)15,104 (725)11,561 (3,623)No data728 (135)1,681 (169)1,601 (65)888 (47)

*Data on nursing homes is sparingly updated   

  • As of August 19, 2020, Yale New Haven Health has 16 hospitalized patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis (+0 from August 1). 4 patients are in the ICU and 2 patients are on a ventilator. These consistent numbers suggest that there is likely still low-level community transmission occurring in Connecticut. 

Connecticut developments

  • Connecticut has conducted more than a million COVID-19 tests as positive tests continue to trend low. 
  • Governor Lamont announced he will let schools decide when students will begin the school year and if it would in-person or online. He has also pledged a total of $226M to school districts to ensure a safe reopening and remote learning options.[10]

Known cases in Rhode Island (call 401-222-8022 for information)

  • As of August 19, 2020[11]
    • 20,871 confirmed cumulative cases (+1,133 from 8/10/20)
    • 444,574 total tests conducted (+48,776 from 8/10/20)
    • 84 patients currently hospitalized (+0 from 8/10/20)
    • 8 patients currently in ICU (-2 from 8/10/20)
    • 1,028 deaths in the state (+14 from 8/10/20)

Rhode Island developments

  • The number of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 cases has risen nearly 6% in August after a decline in June and modest increases in July. However, current cases are well below the state’s peak number of diagnosed cases in late April.[12]
  • Rhode Island has not yet decided how it will reopen schools in the fall. Schools are currently submitting plans for in-person instruction, online instruction, and a hybrid of both plans. The first day of school has been pushed back to September 14 to give schools adequate time to prepare.[13]

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