HARTFORD, CT (1010 WINS) -- Connecticut saw a spike in new COVID-19 cases among teens and young adults last week — and state officials are watching closely to make sure no one is throwing large parties, Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday.
The number of 10- to 19-year-olds in Connecticut who tested positive for COVID-19 doubled last week, and the number of 20 to 29-year-olds who tested positive went up “dramatically” as well, Lamont said during a briefing Thursday afternoon.
The governors of New Jersey and Rhode Island both issued warnings about the dangers of parties and other large social gatherings earlier this week after seeing surges, with Gov. Phil Murphy saying partygoers belonged in the “Knucklehead Hall of Fame," Lamont noted.
“It’s disconcerting. It’s not just the flare-ups in Florida or Texas, but there are now flare-ups next door to us in Rhode Island,” he said. “A lot of those related to parties, parties by young people.”
“(But) I’m not picking on New Jersey or Rhode Island. We’ve had some of these parties ourselves, and we’re watching it like a hawk,” he added. “This is why it is so important that you parents are there explaining to your kids every day why we’re not doing this as punishment. You’re maintaining these protocols, you’re wearing the masks, you’re not going to these big type parties where the infections are spiking up.”
Overall, Connecticut reported “good news” with respect to COVID-19 on Wednesday, Lamont said. Of the 12,958 new tests performed, 130 came back positive, for a 1 percent positivity rate.
Connecticut reported six new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 4,431. A total of 66 people were hospitalized as of Wednesday night, up by 13 from Tuesday, he added.
“I know when to worry, at this point, and this does not worry me, in the sense that the number of people being admitted to hospitals has been flat,” he said. “So I think we’re in good shape on that front.”
The state’s breakdown of cases and deaths by county is below: