Coronavirus Death Toll Nears 1,000 In Connecticut; CVS Opens Rapid Testing Site | Connecticut Public Radio

Coronavirus Death Toll Nears 1,000 In Connecticut; CVS Opens Rapid Testing Site

Apr 17, 2020

Connecticut is likely to hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic. As of last night, 971 people in Connecticut who tested positive for COVID-19 had died. That was a jump of more than 100 deaths from the day before.

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It’s likely that the state will top 1,000 by the time Gov. Ned Lamont gives his daily update later today. If that happens, the death toll will have doubled in less than a week. There were 494 deaths as of last Saturday. 

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Here’s the latest on the coronavirus in Connecticut...


  • CVS Health is opening the state’s first rapid test site for COVID-19 in New Haven.
  • Nearly 1,000 people in Connecticut have tested positive for COVID-19 and died.
  • There are eight nursing homes in Connecticut that have had at least 10 residents test positive for the coronavirus and die.

By The Numbers

All numbers are as of April 16 at 6 p.m.

  • 971 deaths from COVID-19
  • 15,884 confirmed cases
    • Fairfield County: 6,816
    • New Haven County: 4,163
    • Hartford County: 2,859
    • Litchfield County: 535
    • Middlesex County: 394
    • New London County: 255
    • Tolland County: 241
    • Windham County: 87
    • Pending address validation: 534
  • More than 53,122 people tested


The Latest

  • CVS Health is launching a new drive-through rapid testing site for COVID-19 in New Haven. It’s the first rapid testing site in Connecticut. Similar facilities have been set up in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Georgia. CVS Health says patients will receive their test results on-site within 30 minutes and it’s free for Connecticut residents. If you have COVID-19 related symptoms and risk factors, you must register online before arriving for the test. It’s located at 60 Sargent Drive in the former Gateway Community College parking lot. Patients must be in a car. No walk-up testing is currently offered at this site.
  • The state has released statistics on COVID-19 in nursing homes. Nearly 40% of coronavirus-related deaths in Connecticut have occurred among current or former nursing home residents. The Abbott Terrace Health Center in Waterbury was one of two nursing homes with the most reported deaths at 15. But a spokesman for the company that owns Abbott Terrace disputes the number. Timothy Brown said in a written statement that the facility has taken in residents from other nursing homes who had tested positive for COVID-19 and couldn’t be taken care of in their previous facilities. He also said some of the people who died were already receiving hospice care.
  • The coronavirus is causing staffing shortages in the Springfield police force. Five officers who face charges of covering up a bar fight involving off-duty officers have been reinstated. New England Public Radio reports the officers involved in the 2015 fight will remain suspended. The city council president is concerned that any cases these officers are involved in moving forward will be thrown out if they are found to be guilty of perjury.

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After 8 Years, Fiona Apple Is Back

Fiona Apple released her last album, The Idler Wheel… on June 18, 2012, nearly eight years ago. A lot has happened since then and Apple dropped her latest album Fetch the Boltcutters today.

She doesn’t tend to make uplifting music, but it’s comforting to hear her again right now.

Listen to it on Spotify here (there is some explicit language).

And NPR Music is hosting a listening party today. Check it out here.

Stay safe. Stay sane. Stay distant. Have a good weekend.