Covid-19 Update – March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021

The Office of the Governor provided the following updates as of 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021:

Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary Total Change Since Yesterday
COVID-19 Cases (confirmed and probable) 285,330 +830
COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen) 6,919,288 +45,062
Daily Test Positivity 1.84%
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19 428 -5
COVID-19 Associated Deaths 7,704 +11


County-by-county breakdown of current COVID-19 hospitalizations:

County Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Fairfield County 118
Hartford County 102
Litchfield County 6
Middlesex County 11
New Haven County 165
New London County 20
Tolland County 1
Windham County 5
Total 428


For a series of interactive graphs and maps that provide additional data, including metrics related to age, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as data broken down by every town and city in Connecticut, visit and click the link that is labeled, “Data Tracker.”

Governor Announces Plans to Ease Some COVID-19 Restrictions

The protocols that will be revised in the coming days include:

Beginning Friday, March 19, 2021

  • All capacity limits will be eliminated for the following businesses, while face coverings, social distancing, and other cleaning and disinfecting protocols will continue to be required:
    • Restaurants (8-person table capacity and 11PM required closing time for dining rooms continues)
    • Retail
    • Libraries
    • Personal services
    • Indoor recreation (excludes theaters, which will continue to have a 50% capacity)
    • Gyms/fitness centers
    • Museums, aquariums, and zoos
    • Offices
    • Houses of worship
  • Gathering sizes will be revised to the following amounts:
    • Social and recreational gatherings at private residence – 25 indoors/100 outdoors
    • Social and recreational gatherings at commercial venues – 100 indoors/200 outdoors
  • All sports will be allowed to practice and compete, and all sports tournaments will be allowed, subject to Department of Public Health guidance
  • Connecticut’s travel advisory will be modified from a requirement to recommended guidance

Beginning Monday, March 29, 2021

  • Capacity limits on early childhood classes will increase from 16 to 20

Beginning Friday, April 2, 2021

  • Outdoor amusement parks can open
  • Outdoor event venues can increase to a 50% capacity, capped at 10,000 people
  • Indoor stadiums can open at 10% capacity
  • Summer camps and summer festivals are advised to begin the planning stages to open for the upcoming season

Data updates on vaccine administration in Connecticut

The following data represents the total number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Connecticut, as reported to the state as of today:

Dose Total Administered
First doses administered 627,788
Second doses administered 336,155
Total 963,943


So far, the state has vaccinated:

  • 75 percent of its population over the age of 75
  • 52 percent of its population between the ages of 65 and 74

Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccination program expanded March 1 to include residents between the ages of 55 and 64, in addition to school staff and early childcare professionals

As of March 1, 2021, Connecticut residents between the ages of 55 and 64 are now eligible to schedule appointments and receive the COVID-19 vaccine through one of more than 130 sites throughout the state.

In addition, public and private preK-12 school staff and childcare professionals have also become eligible to receive the vaccine, effective today. School staff and childcare professionals will receive instructions from their school districts, town, or employer on how they will be able to receive their vaccines.

It is estimated that there are more than 500,000 individuals in Connecticut between the ages of 55 and 64, in addition to about 160,000 school staff and childcare professionals. This week, the state anticipates receiving a supply of around 130,000 doses of the approved vaccines from the federal government. With this in mind, the state anticipates that demand for the vaccine will far outweigh supply as the program expands today to include these new groups. Newly eligible residents are urged to be patient and recognize most will not be able to schedule their appointment immediately due to limited vaccine supply.

To find the nearest available vaccination clinics and schedule an appointment (including connecting to the VAMS system,) residents should visit and enter their zip code. From there they will receive instructions on how to schedule an appointment at each specific clinic.

Appointments can be scheduled over the internet or via telephone.
Those who do not have access to the internet can call Connecticut’s COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224 any day of the week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Over the coming weeks, eligibility will expand based on age according to the following schedule:

  • March 22, 2021: Expands to ages 45 to 54
  • April 12, 2021: Expands to ages 35 to 44
  • May 3, 2021: Expands to ages 16 to 34

Information on Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccination program is available at

Weekly update on the impact of COVID-19 on nursing homes and assisted living facilities

The following documents contain the weekly data regarding each of the nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Connecticut that have reported positive cases of COVID-19 among their residents. The data is presented as it was reported to the state by each of the facilities.

**DownloadReport from March 4, 2021 on COVID-19 in Connecticut nursing homes
**DownloadReport from March 4, 2021 on COVID-19 in Connecticut assisted living facilities


Weekly update of the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Alert Map: 104 of 169 municipalities in red zone alert level

The Connecticut Department of Public Health today released its weekly COVID-19 Alert Map, which indicates that 104 of 169 towns and cities in Connecticut are currently in the red zone alert level, the highest of the state’s four alert levels.

Additional 3 cases of B.1.1.7 variant reported in Connecticut, bringing statewide total confirmed to 66

The Connecticut Department of Public Health today announced that an additional 3 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19, commonly known as the UK variant, have been reported among Connecticut residents, bringing the statewide total number of confirmed cases of this variant to 66.

The specimen collection dates for these newly identified cases are from between February 10 and February 14, 2021, and the individuals involved range in age from 35 to 95 years old. The cases were detected by the Connecticut State Public Health Laboratory with new sequencing technology and capabilities that were recently acquired for the state’s ongoing efforts to enhance the ability to screen for variants of COVID-19.

The 3 individuals are residents of the following towns:

  • Greenwich (1)
  • Watertown (2)

Governor Lamont signs 91st executive order related to COVID-19

Executive Order No. 10B enacts the following provisions:

  • Early opening of 2021 fishing season: Orders Connecticut’s 2021 fishing season to open effective immediately, ahead of the scheduled date of April 10.
**DownloadGovernor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 10B