Case Prevalence Per 10,000, By Town

For the week ending Nov. 18


The good news is that there are two very effective vaccines for COVID-19 coming out of trials. The bad news is that too many of us will come down with the virus between now and whenever the vaccine is finally available.

Connecticut endured another week of rapidly climbing case totals, marking a record 12,314 positive test results between Nov. 11 and Nov. 18. The state’s case positivity rate is at 5.5% for that week. Hospitalizations jumped by over 300, though deaths remain mercifully low for now.

At the rate things are going, the virus is not expected to peak until January. The holiday season, during which people get together with large groups of family and friends in enclosed spaces, may make an already grim situation much worse.

Some schools are already shifting back online. New Haven will be issuing fines for not following mask mandates or for hosting parties. A full lockdown seems very unlikely, however.

For now, please stay home unless you need to go out. Wear a mask. And avoid large gatherings. Maybe skip Thanksgiving this year, or have it at home with immediate family. I know it’s hard. But if we can just get through to next year, the promise of a vaccine is waiting for us there.

Looking at the map, there’s not much in the way of good news. Almost all towns reported an increase in cases during the period between Nov. 11 and Nov. 18; Bridgeport reported a state-high 875 new infections. As far as case prevalence goes, 22 towns had over 40 new cases per 10,000. The virus is spreading equally rapidly in small towns, medium-sized suburbs, and large cities. Very few towns saw zero new cases this past week.

The eastern Connecticut hotspot from last month has faded somewhat, but outbreaks everywhere else in the state have more than made up for it. There isn’t any sign that this is slowing down, so next week’s map will likely be worse.

Please stay safe out there. Here’s last week’s map for comparison:

Case Prevalence Per 10,000, By Town

For the week ending Nov. 11


Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

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Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.