Are we past the second surge — and the holiday surge?
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped below 3,000 for the first time since Nov. 28, the state reported Sunday.
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It must be noted, the state was well under 1,000 hospitalizations in the summer and early fall — well under 500, in fact. It topped 1,000 on Oct. 27, then jumped over 2,000 on Nov. 13.
The state’s 71 hospitals reported 2,901 COVID-19 patients on Sunday. Of those, 519 were in intensive care (the lowest since Nov. 21) and 355 were on ventilators (the lowest since Nov. 29).
And, for what it’s worth, the number of positive COVID-19 PCR tests dropped significantly from Saturday (4,626) to Sunday (3,823). The state now has a cumulative total of 623,541.
The state also reported an additional 651 positive antigen tests Sunday, pushing that total to 73,288.
The tougher news? The state reported 74 confirmed fatalities Saturday and 29 more Sunday, pushing that total to 19,355 — with an additional 2,129 probable deaths.