Is it COVID or The Seasonal Flu?/(COIVD-19 Updates)

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Summary for most recent day of reporting in Connecticut

NEW REPORTING SCHEDULE: The State of Connecticut’s COVID-19 metric report is now issued five times per week, every Monday through Friday. The report that is issued each Monday contains combined data that was collected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This schedule will remain in effect until further notice.

Day-to-day changes reflect newly reported cases, deaths, and tests that occurred over the last several days to week.All data in this report are preliminary; data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected. Hospitalization data were collected by the Connecticut Hospital Association. Deaths* reported to either the OCME or DPH are included in the daily COVID-19 update.

*For public health surveillance, COVID-19-associated deaths include persons who tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease around the time of death (confirmed) and persons whose death certificate lists COVID-19 disease as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death (probable).

Category Text Total Change Direction Change
Laboratory Confirmed COVID-19 Cases 48,055 + 162
COVID-19 Associated Deaths 4,406 + 10
Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19 54 12
Patients Tested for COVID-19 655,309 + 27,323

Charts represent the date the data were reported to the CT DPH.  Cases and deaths are cumulative over time.  Hospitalization data are collected by CT Hospital Association

Source: Department of Public Health

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Local Results                                                                                                                  

Westport Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State        305                   +0                      16

Weston Residents COVID-19 Positive Reported to the State             67                   +0                      3

A complete listing by town and county of all COVID-19 cases being reported by the Connecticut State Department of Health, and various analyses of those cases, can be found by following this link:


Is it COVID or The Seasonal Flu?

Flu season is likely to be more complicated this year given the COVID pandemic. As fall approaches and traditional flu season kicks in, it may be difficult for someone feeling ill to figure out whether or not the symptoms are related to seasonal influenza or COVID-19.  Although they are caused by different viruses, the symptoms can feel very similar because both are respiratory illnesses. Testing will be needed differentiate between the two.

The good news is that the behavioral changes we’ve already adopted for COVID, including social distancing, frequent cleaning, hand washing, and mask wearing, may help lessen the impact of the flu. Prevention practices more important than ever.  Getting a flu shot this year is also highly recommended. A flu shot reduces the risk of contracting influenza.  We anticipate a high demand for flu shots this year. More to come on flu shot clinics at the WWHD in the coming weeks.

Johns Hopkins Medicine recently posted an article about what we need to know about the similarities and differences between COVID-19 and Influenza.  See link below to visit the website and the complete post:


  • Both viruses cause fever, cough, body aches, fatigue, congestion, or runny nose; sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. The full list of COVID-19 symptoms continues to evolve as more is learned about the illness.
  • Both can be mild or severe, even fatal in rare cases.
  • Both can result in pneumonia.


  • Both can spread from person to person through droplets in the air from an infected person coughing, sneezing, or talking.
  • Both can spread by an infected person for several days before any symptoms appear.


  • Neither virus is treatable with antibiotics, which only work on bacterial infections.
  • Both are treatable by addressing symptoms, such as reducing fever.  Severe cases require hospitalization.


  • Both viruses may be prevented by frequent hand washing, coughing into the crook of your elbow, staying at home when sick, and limiting contact with people who are infected. Physical distancing can limit the spread of COVID-19 in communities.


  • COVID-19: No vaccine is available at this time, although development and testing is in progress.
  • Flu: A vaccine is available and effective to prevent some of the most dangerous types or to reduce the severity of the flu.


  • COVID: Caused by the novel 2019 coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2
  • Flu: Caused by any of several different types and strains of influenza viruses.


  • COVID: Lasting damage to the lungs, heart, kidneys, brain, and other organs is possible after a severe case.
  • Flu: Complications may include inflammation of the heart, brain, muscle tissue, and multi-organ failure.