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Hospitalizations down as Conn. tries to restart economy

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As the state headed into the Memorial Day weekend Friday, the number of people hospitalized in Connecticut for COVID-19 continued to decline — a “very positive” sign as this state’s economy starts to reopen, medical experts said.

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“All the numbers and all the data points toward increased [hospital] capacity,” Dr. Ajay Kumar, Hartford Healthcare’s chief clinical officer, said. Kumar said increasing hospital capacity means the state will be in a much better position should Connecticut experience another coronavirus surge.

But medical experts warned that a failure to continue social distancing could quickly lead to another rise in COVID-19 infections.

“We are holding our breath and hoping, that as the state starts to reopen, our numbers of COVID patients will remain low,” said Dr. Virginia Bieluch, chief of infectious diseases at the Hospital of Central Connecticut.Friday’s lovely weather sent lots of Connecticut residents heading for state parks and beaches. Parking lots at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison were closed to more visitors […]

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