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State's one-day COVID-19 death toll lowest since March

Gov. Ned Lamont reported Tuesday that there had been just eight additional deaths in the state associated with COVID-19 over the past 24-hour period, the lowest one-day total since March. The latest fatalities raised Connecticut’s death toll from the disease to 3,972.

Two hundred thirty-nine new cases of COVID-19 were tallied, bringing the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 42,979, including 40,941 cases confirmed by laboratory tests and 2,038 cases involving patients deemed “probable” because their symptoms indicated they likely were infected. Since the previous day, 9,252 COVID-19 tests had been performed, bringing the total number of tests to 268,572.

“We’ve got the capacity, now we need to get people tested,” Lamont said during his daily press briefing on the coronavirus.

The number of patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 dropped by 20 to 434.

In New London County, 1,094 COVID-19 cases have been reported, including 1,035 confirmed by laboratory tests and 59 considered probable. Ninety deaths have occurred — 66 confirmed and 24 probable. As of Tuesday, nine patients were hospitalized with the disease, including seven at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London and two at Backus Hospital in Norwich.

Westerly Hospital had no patients with the disease.

— Brian Hallenbeck

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