“Four to five weeks ago we started seeing changes in the community. The younger population was getting infected, by that I mean 20-29-year-olds and 30-39-year-olds that had very high positivity rate compared to 60-69 range,” Kumar said. “The younger population, who get infected because of social gatherings or mask fatigue or disregard for wearing a mask or social distancing, were able to congregate and are mobile, and it has led to more community spread, and now we are seeing more hospitalizations.”
The current pattern marks a departure. In April and May, when the virus was at its peak, nearly 75 percent of the state’s deaths were concentrated in long-term care facilities. More than 2,500 nursing home residents have died during the pandemic.
Dr. David Banach, an epidemiologist at UConn Health, says while many of the deaths are still among the elderly, they aren’t all from congregated settings.
“There’s more community elderly people coming in now,” Banach said. “It’s the same demographic – it’s just they aren’t all from nursing homes.”