Case Surveillance Update | 2020.09.14

Trends in short

  • The number of new COVID-19 cases in Connecticut has fallen slightly in the last two weeks. This week the state is seeing an average of 137 new cases per day, compared to 139 new cases per day two weeks ago.[1]
  • New cases are remaining stable in Rhode Island, which is seeing an average of 95 new cases per day this week compared to 94 per day two weeks ago.[2]
  • Although the United States still has the greatest number of total COVID-19 cases in the world, the rate of new daily cases continues to fall since the peak in July. There were 33,369 new cases in the country on September 13 compared to 75,682 new cases on July 16.

International case numbers

  • 29,136,553 COVID-19 cases worldwide; 925,820 deaths; 19,678,810 recovered.[3]
  • The United States has the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 6,545,948 cases. India has the second highest number of cases with 4,846,427 cases, Brazil third with 4,330,455, and Russia fourth with 1,064,438.

Distribution of new coronavirus cases and deaths worldwide each week (from The World Health Organization COVID-19 Situation Update, as of 9/14/2020).[4]

US National case numbers

  • 6,545,948 cases of coronavirus confirmed by lab tests, 194,367 deaths, and 2,450,184 recovered cases. 88,831,535 total tests have been conducted.[5]
  • California continues to have the highest number of cumulative cases at 763,960 and Texas is now second at 682,242 cumulative cases. Texas, California, Florida, Illinois, and Georgia have all had more than 10,000 new COVID-19 in the past week.[6] However, the states with the highest rate of new cases per 100,000 people are North Dakota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and South Carolina.[7]

Risk in population

COVID-19 deaths reported to National Center for Health Statistics as of September 9, 2020[8]
Age group Total number of deathsPercentage of reported deaths
0-243770.21%
25-444,9022.79%
45-549,3245.30%
55-6422,25412.65%
65-7437,68421.43%
75+101,32557.61%
Provisional Death Counts for COVID-19 by Demographic Characteristics as of September 9, 2020[9]
Population Total
Female46.00%
Male54.00%
White40.50%
Black15.50%
American Indian or Alaskan Native0.30%
Asian10.00%
Hispanic31.70%
Other2.00%

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

  • As of September 13, 2020 there are 54,895 confirmed and probable cases (+569 from September 11), 64 hospitalizations (+13 from September 11), and 4,485 deaths. 1,377,717 patients have been tested in the state. [10]
  • There has been an increase in cases in Connecticut due to an outbreak in Danbury. Danbury’s mayor has attributed the increase in cases to travel, youth sports, and large worship services. Danbury schools have shifted to virtual learning for the school year as a result.[11]
  • Confirmed and probable cases:
    • Fairfield County: 19,518 cases, 1,419 deaths
    • Hartford County: 14,060 cases, 1,431 deaths
    • Litchfield County: 1,713 cases, 140 deaths
    • Middlesex County: 1,524 cases, 193 deaths
    • New Haven County: 14,059 cases, 1,111 deaths
    • New London County: 1,677 cases, 111 deaths
    • Tolland County: 1,270 cases, 65 deaths
    • Windham County: 868 cases, 15 deaths
    • Pending address validation: 126 cases, 0 deaths

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

CountySept 13August 31August 18August 10July 16
Fairfield Cases
(% increase)
Deaths
(% increase)
19,518 (3.1)
1,419 (0.3)
18,939 (1.0)
1,415 (0.4)
18,347 (1.7)
1,410 (0.1)
18,035 (5.7)
1,409 (1.0)
17,069 (1.5)
1,395 (1.3)
Hartford Cases
(% increase)
Deaths
(% increase)
14,060 (3.9)
1,431 (0.4)
13,529 (4.4)
1,425 (0.4)
12,956 (1.2)
1,419 (0.3)
12,800 (6.3)
1,415 (8.6)
12,046 (2.1) 
1,403 (1.7)
Litchfield Cases
(% increase)
Deaths
(% increase)
1,793 (4.7)
140
(1.4)
1,713 (4.6)
138
(0.0)
1,638 (1.4)
139
(1.0)
1,615 (6.0)
138
(0.0)
1,523 (1.3)
138
(1.0)
Middlesex Cases
(% increase)
Deaths
(% increase)
1,524 (4.0)
193
(0.5)
1,466 (2.9)
192
(0.0)
1,425 (1.4)
192
(0.0)
1,405 (3.5)
192
(1.6)
1,357 (2.7)
189
(1.6)
New Haven Cases
(% increase)
Deaths
(% increase)
14,059 (2.5)
1,111 (0.1)
13,711 (2.4)
1,109 (0.0)
13,388 (1.2)
1,111 (0.5)
13,224 (3.9)
1,106 (1.5)
12,733 (2.2)
1,090 (1.10)
New London Cases
(% increase)
Deaths
(% increase)
1,677 (5.7)
111
(5.0)
1,587 (5.8)
106
(0.0)
1,499 (2.9)
106
(3.0)
1,457 (8.2)
103
(1.0)
1,347 (4.0)
102
(0.0)
Tolland Cases
(% increase)
Deaths
(% increase)
1,270 (10.7)
65
(0.0)
1,147 (6.1)
65
(0.0)
1,081 (2.3)
65
(0.0)
1,056 (12.5)
66
(1.5)
939
(1.5)
65
(1.6)
Windham Cases
(% increase)
Deaths
(% increase)
868
(7.6)
15
(0.0)
807
(5.2)
15
(0.0)
767
(3.1)
15
(0.0)
738 (13.4)
15
(7.1)
651
(4.3)
14
(0.0)

Connecticut Cumulative Statistics by Month for Age and Race/Ethnicity per 100,000 

Age, 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)NANANANA
Apr.27,700 (2,257)775 (2)10,820 (52)9,299 (391)6,572 (1,808)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)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)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)728 (135)1,681 (169)1,601 (65)888 (47)
August53,006 (4,466)3,236 (2)22,284 (82)15,731 (730)11,728 (3,652)773 (136)1,814 (170)1,738 (67)977 (48)
  • As of September 8, 2020, Yale New Haven Health has 14 hospitalized patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis (-6 from August 26). 2 patients are in the ICU and 1 patient is on a ventilator. These consistent numbers suggest that there is still low-level community transmission occurring in Connecticut. 

Connecticut developments

  • A number of schools across Connecticut have closed and switched to remote learning because of positive cases among students and staff members.[12]
  • There appears to be a resurgence of COVID-19 in Connecticut as the number of new cases slightly increased. The percentage of positive COVID tests reached 1.1%; the 1% threshold had not been crossed since August 3rd. There is speculation that the increase in positive tests may be associated with the start of colleges as most cases are among college-age residents.[13]

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

  • As of September 13, 2020[14]
    • 23,130 confirmed cumulative cases (+1,128 from 8/31/20)
    • 635,718 total tests conducted (+105,230 from 8/31/20)
    • 80 patients currently hospitalized (-1 from 8/31/20)
    • 7 patients currently in ICU (-1 from 8/31/20)
    • 1,075 deaths in the state (+25 from 8/31/20)

Rhode Island developments

  • Rhode Island now has rapid COVID-19 testing for up to 5,000 people per day. These tests are intended to support in-person learning for students starting this week as well as to serve any other residents that need testing.[15] Districts had to meet 5 criteria including fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the last week. School districts are allowed to “ease into” in-person learning but the expectation is that all students — except those with medical exemptions– will be learning in-person by October 13.[16]
  • A study of Rhode Island’s childcare centers has demonstrated that it is possible to reopen for in-person care and learning. Over the course of two months, only 52 new cases were reported among 29 childcare centers. Successful reopening has been attributed to the low level of COVID-19 infections in the state as well as the centers’ strict adherence to public health measures. Classrooms were restricted to 12, then 20, total people, students and staff could not switch between groups, all adults wore face masks at all times, and everyone in the centers were screened daily for symptoms.[17]

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