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Connecticut saw a sharp rise in its positive COVID-19 infection rate, though the number of daily virus-related deaths dropped. 

Gov. Ned Lamont reported that there were 34,656 COVID-19 tests administered in Connecticut on Monday, Feb. 21, resulting in 1,357 newly confirmed cases.

The 3.92 percent infection rate is up from 2.

58 percent the day before as the state has been hovering around 2 percent for the past week following a post-holiday surge of the virus. 

Eleven new COVID-19 patients were admitted to Connecticut hospitals, as health officials are now treating 511 active cases. Ten new deaths brought the total to 7,572 since the pandemic began.

There have been a total of 276,691 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Connecticut out of more than 6.5 million tests that were administered since last March.

As of Monday, Connecticut has administered 582,075 first doses of the vaccine, and 278,589 second doses - 826,125 total - making the state top five in the nation for vaccine distribution.

Beginning next month, new age groups will also be eligible to receive the vaccine.

According to Lamont, 70 percent of residents over the age of 75 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 37 percent of those between the ages of 65 and 74 have been vaccinated.

Lamont also made note that Connecticut is the first state in the country to get shots in the arms of all staff and residents in nursing homes who wished to be vaccinated. He said that in slightly more than a month, the cases among nursing homes dropped dramatically from 483 to 30.

  • Click here for Daily Voice's Interactive Map Of Cases In Our Coverage Area, including available ICU beds in hospitals

The latest breakdown of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Connecticut, by county, according to the state Department of Health on Feb. 23:

  • Fairfield: 78,803;
  • New Haven: 69,832;
  • Hartford: 69,078;
  • New London: 18,791;
  • Litchfield: 10,917;
  • Middlesex: 10,212;
  • Windham: 9,081;
  • Tolland: 7,673;
  • Unknown: 947.

A complete list of cases, by communities, can be found here by clicking and scrolling down

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Homestead student wins art contest

Homestead High School student Zoe Li took first place in the 3D category of the “To Be Honest” art contest sponsored by Momentum for Health.

The winners from among 111 submissions by Santa Clara County residents ages 14-25 were announced Feb. 17.

Drawings, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, music, digital art, videos and poetry were submitted in 2D, 3D and 4D (digital art) categories. Each artist included a short statement about how their art reflected the theme “My Mental Health in 2020.”

“We tried to lift some of the restraints young people have been living under for the past 11 months by allowing them to choose their preferred mediums,” Momentum President/CEO David Mineta said in a statement. “This was also an opportunity for young artists to communicate to the community how the pandemic is affecting their mental health.”

Momentum for Health is a nonprofit provider of adult and youth behavioral health services in Santa Clara County.

Donors sought for Rebuilding

Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley has started a Change Order program for supporters to make automated monthly donations of any size. The nonprofit, which normally hosts two events a year when volunteers make repairs to nonprofit facilities and the homes of low-income homeowners, says these monthly gifts will empower Rebuilding Together to plan ahead for these Rebuilding Days and other events.

In its 30-year history Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley volunteers have logged more than 400,000 hours to make 50,000 repairs to Santa Clara County homes and nonprofits.

For more information on the Change Order program, visit


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