Despite statewide rise in cases, positivity rates, Stamford holds steady on COVID-19

Stamford, Connecticut on March 20, 2021.

Stamford, Connecticut on March 20, 2021.

Patrick Sikes / For Hearst Connecticut Media

STAMFORD — As the rest of the state keeps its attentions fixed on the rising number of COVID-19 cases across Connecticut, Stamford appears to have staved off a major spike for a few days more.

The statewide test positivity rate this week hit 6 percent for the first time since Jan. 2021. Stamford’s case positivity still lags substantially behind. The daily percentage of new positive cases hit 4.86 percent, according to city data last updated on Monday. The seven-day average positivity rate sits at 3.9 percent, according to the same data set.

The last time Stamford’s seven-day positivity rate was above 3.9 percent was Sept. 14. Back then, the city was still in the throes of the delta variant and Stamford health officials regularly reported 15 new cases a day or more.

This week’s data also shows that the numbers of COVID-19 tests has dropped, despite rising numbers of cases being reported statewide. Between Nov. 26 and Nov. 29, Stamford recorded only 192 new COVID-19 tests among residents. In contrast, over the previous two weekends, city data shows 493 new tests during the weekend of Nov. 19 and 1,660 new tests during the weekend of Nov. 12.

Though the new chapter for the virus is milder in Stamford than it is throughout Connecticut so far, the local level of spread has ramped up significantly since October’s lows. The seven-day average of new daily cases has more than doubled from 4.6 to 11.6 after Oct. 26, the day outgoing Mayor David Martin opted to revoke Stamford’s indoor mask mandate.

The daily number of new cases sits at 10.5 percent, putting Stamford squarely in the third tier of the state Department of Public Health’s four-level response system. According to the ranking system, residents in town reporting between 10 and 15 new cases daily per capita should exhibit caution in indoor settings.

The framework recommends that fully vaccinated people “consider wearing a mask indoors in public spaces, especially crowded indoor settings” and “take additional precautions if you are likely to have close contact with people who are not fully vaccinated or may be immunocompromised.”

Those not fully vaccinated should “wear a mask indoors in all public spaces and in crowded outdoor settings” and “avoid any close contact interactions, either indoors or outdoors, with people outside of your household.”

The city last reported more than 10 new cases per capita — as per the seven-day average — in late September.