Berlin has big jump in COVID-19 positive residents, New Britain adds one; state death toll up to 165

Published on Saturday, 4 April 2020 18:50
Written by Catherine Shen

@cshenNBH

Several area towns saw a small increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases since Friday, according to data released by state health officials. New Britain still has the most confirmed cases in the area with 49 positive residents in all.

Bristol had two residents test positive for COVID-19 since Friday, and now has 26 overall.

Southington had an increase of four residents with positive tests and totals 37 COVID-19 cases.

Newington went up by two residents who tested positive for COVID-19, bringing its total to 34.

Berlin had five residents test positive for coronavirus and has 16 overall.

Plainville did not see any increases since Friday, with 11 cases total, while Plymouth saw one additional positive case, bringing its cases to a total of four.

Statewide, an additional 362 residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday, bringing the total to 5,276. To date, more than 22,029 tests have been conducted in Connecticut among both state and private laboratories. Approximately 1,033 patients have been hospitalized. The total statewide total number of fatalities is 165, according to Governor Ned Lamont.

During an update Saturday, Lamont informed the public the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved his administration’s request to include domestic violence survivors in non-congregate housing guidelines.

This will add housing for survivors of domestic violence in the reimbursement guidelines it previously approved for the state, which authorized the state and municipalities to receive a 75% reimbursement for the costs associated with providing non-congregate housing to first responders and health care workers who temporarily need a place to live separate from family or roommates, and also for those who are homeless, according to Lamont’s office.

“Ensuring safe housing for survivors of domestic violence in locations that are less congested than what many of the locations that typically offer these services usually provide is critical at this time, and I thank FEMA for approving our request to cover these services,” Lamont said.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Southington Herald on Saturday, 4 April 2020 18:50. Updated: Saturday, 4 April 2020 18:53.