Coronavirus death toll in Connecticut eclipses 6,000

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In this Aug. 7, 2020, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont addresses the media in Westport, Conn. On Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, Lamont imposed a steep new $10,000 fine on businesses that break the state's coronavirus rules. He said that the heftier fine is needed because some businesses have flagrantly violated the rules, and there are concerns for worker and customer safety during the holiday shopping season.

In this Aug. 7, 2020, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont addresses the media in Westport, Conn. On Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, Lamont imposed a steep new $10,000 fine on businesses that break the state's coronavirus rules. He said that the heftier fine is needed because some businesses have flagrantly violated the rules, and there are concerns for worker and customer safety during the holiday shopping season.

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NEW HAVEN — Another 104 deaths from the coronavirus were tallied over the last 48-hour reporting period, bringing the total in the state during the pandemic to 6,099, Gov. Ned Lamont said Saturday.

There were 4,412 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 reported since Thursday, bringing the total in the state to 190,120, according to Lamont’s office.

The daily positivity test rate was 7.06 percent, which is down from the 8.95 percent reported on Thursday.

A total of 1,056 people are hospitalized, with 80 leaving care since Thursday, including 288 in New Haven County, 264 in Fairfield County, 54 in Middlesex County and nine in Litchfield County, the governor’s office said.

As of Saturday, seven communities in Connecticut were not considered red zones for the coronavirus by the state — Salisbury, Colebrook, Canaan, Cornwall, Warren, Union and Wilton.

A community with more than 15 cases per 100,000 residents is considered in the red by the Department of Public Health — the state’s most severe category.

More information from the state is available at https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus.

william.lambert@ hearstmediact.com