The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

COVID deaths, breakthrou­gh cases rise

Hospitaliz­ations decline in state

- By Julia Bergman julia.bergman @hearstmedi­

Connecticu­t is reporting its highest weekly COVID-19 death count in months, but data released Thursday also shows continued signs the deltadrive­n surge here is abating.

The state reported an additional 39 coronaviru­srelated deaths in the past week for a total of 8,394. Hospitaliz­ations decreased by three patients from a day earlier for a total of 357.

Since Wednesday, there were 684 new COVID-19 cases out of 22,868 tests, a positive test rate of 2.99 percent. That brings the 7-day average positivity rate to 3.3 percent — down from 3.5 percent a week ago.

Some health experts in Connecticu­t have predicted the summer Delta-surge would subside by the end of September.

Thursday’s report from the state shows breakthrou­gh infections made up a greater percent of new cases this week compared to last week. But overall the data shows unvaccinat­ed individual­s continue to be at a much higher risk for getting severely ill and dying.

Since Aug. 26, the state reported nearly 1,500 breakthrou­gh cases out of 4,500 new cases overall about 33%. That’s compared to 28% of all reported cases the week prior.

Of the 2.26 million people in Connecticu­t who are fully vaccinated, the state has identified 8,617 breakthrou­gh cases, accounting for less than half a percent. In total, the state has identified 65 deaths involving fully immunized people, the vast majority of whom were 75 or older. They make up less than a percent of the overall coronaviru­s-linked deaths.

Also on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff’s office released data showing unvaccinat­ed individual­s who were hospitaliz­ed in June and July due to Covid-19 cost Connecticu­t hospitals more than $9 million.

“There’s real costs associated with not taking the vaccine,” Duff, D-Norwalk, said by phone Thursday.

Those who’ve spread misinforma­tion about the virus and the vaccine bear some responsibi­lity “for these costs and the fact that people are getting sick,” he said.

After reading a national report showing it cost the U.S. health system billions of dollars to care for unvaccinat­ed patients hospitaliz­ed for the coronaviru­s in June and July, Duff asked the Connecticu­t Hospital Associatio­n if it could provide a state-level cost.

About 98% of the 773 adults hospitaliz­ed for COVID-19 in Connecticu­t during June and July were not fully inoculated, according to the hospital associatio­n’s data.

Of those, 472 cases were deemed to be preventabl­e — people who were not fully inoculated and were primarily in the hospital due to Covid. An average hospital admission costs $20,000, amounting to $9.45 million to care for those patients over the two


Duff said that’s likely a conservati­ve estimate as the cost to care for someone in the intensive care unit is much higher and many unvaccinat­ed patients have ended up in the


“We want to make sure people get the care they need and deserve to get better but somebody is picking up those costs whether its going to be the government with Medicare

and Medicaid, or insurance companies that will pass the cost along to policy holders, or individual­s,” he said.

 ?? Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticu­t Media file photo ?? Carly Plymel RN prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccinatio­n clinic in Stamford on April 6.
Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticu­t Media file photo Carly Plymel RN prepares a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccinatio­n clinic in Stamford on April 6.

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