Positivity rate increases to 1.68 percent

Here are the most important things to know about COVID-19 in Connecticut.

Oct. 9

CT positivity rate increases to 1.68 percent

On Friday, the state of Connecticut announced 290 new cases, three more deaths and six new hospitalizations. The positivity rate (the percentage of total tests that are positive) increased to 1.68 percent.

States without mask mandates have 10 times the COVID-19 cases

A study of states’ policies as they reopened showed that those without mask mandates saw 10 times the number of coronavirus cases as those states with mask mandates. “This study contributes to the growing evidence that mask usage is essential for mitigating community transmission of COVID-19,” the study concludes. “States should delay further reopening until mask mandates are fully implemented, and enforcement by local businesses will be critical for preventing potential future closures.”

A serious COVID-19 infection can provide long-lasting immunity

A Harvard study suggests that a serious COVID-19 infection does provide long-lasting immunity. It’s been assumed that catching the virus does grant some measure of immunity, but Harvard researchers may be the first to confirm that severe infections do result in some measure of immunity on a long-term basis. “We showed that key antibody responses to COVID-19 do persist.” the lead researcher said.

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