Laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19: Individual who has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 in at least one respiratory specimen at the CDC laboratory.
Presumptive positive case of COVID-19: Individual who has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 in at least one respiratory specimen, but testing was conducted at the local or state level. Currently, presumptive positive cases must have samples undergo confirmatory testing at CDC.
Persons Under Investigation (PUI): Any person who is currently under investigation for having the virus that causes COVID-19, or who was under investigation but tested negative for the virus.
511 (~18%) of the 3,619 confirmed cases among Valley residents, are individuals who resided in a nursing home, assisted living facility, group home, or other similar setting at the time of testing.
193 (~38%) of the 511 individuals have died due to COVID-19 complications
The above graph includes both living and deceased. The graph includes residents who may currently be inpatient at area hospital(s).
Please be advised that some towns have multiple facilities reporting COVID-19 cases. Cases are reported by the individuals permanent address, not the town of the facility in which they may be receiving treatment or recovering. This data is subject to change since some individuals may end up leaving a facility to recover at their permanent place of residence/homes or may become permanent residents of a facility.
When an individual or worker tests positive for COVID-19 within an assisted living facility and/or nursing home, the investigation is led by the State Department of Public Health (DPH) and the State Facility Licensing and Investigation Section (FLIS). The NVHD remains in communication with the facilities as well as our state agency partners during the investigation.
For public health surveillance, laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 associated deaths are defined as patients who tested positive for COVID-19 around the time of death; this is not a determination of the cause of death. The health district does not have further details including whether there may have been underlying health issues or other contributing factors. On April 10, 2020, the State Department of Public Health started to include COVID-19 deaths that are not laboratory-confirmed in daily reporting. NVHD will now report on COVID-19 associated deaths including both a) persons who tested positive for COVID-19 around the time of death (laboratory-confirmed) and b) persons who were not tested for COVID-19 whose death certificate lists COVID-19 disease as a cause of death or as a significant condition contributing to deaths (probable) in Table 2.
The State of CT Joint Information Center (JIC) oversees the release of information about this epidemic to the public, including the latest COVID-19 testing data. The aggregate data are posted here: https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus
“The data in the DPH report are preliminary and subject to change. At this point in the pandemic, local health departments may hear about a case of COVID-19 directly from a hospital or a medical provider before the DPH receives the laboratory report. For this reason, a local health department’s COVID-19 case data may be more up to date than the DPH town-level data on a given day. When this happens, we are asking our local health department colleagues to call the DPH Epidemiology Program and provide the case information to one of our epidemiologists and we will enter the case information into the surveillance database.” – CT DPH
The CDC data is updated regularly at noon Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.