Stamford Hospital Chair of Infectious Diseases Dr. Michael Parry demonstrates an N95 medical mask while speaking about the coronavirus at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Conn. Thursday, March 4, 2020. The hospital has been preparing to handle coronavirus patients by stocking up on supplies and establishing a coronavirus protocol.

There have been over 100,000 cases of COVID-19 reported worldwide, and the virus has killed more than 3,400 people. Confirmed cases in the United States have risen past 300, the New York Times reported Saturday.

The situation is constantly changing. Here’s the latest.

1. A Connecticut hospital employee has tested positive for the virus.

New York resident who works in Danbury and Norwalk hospitals has tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced Friday.

That marks Connecticut’s first confirmed case. But no Connecticut residents have tested positive for the virus, according to a release from Governor Ned Lamont.

The patient, who is now self-isolated in New York, contracted the disease after being exposed to the virus in Westchester County, Lamont said.

The employee worked in an isolated part of the hospital, according to Kerry Eaton, Chief Operating Officer of Nuvance Health, the hospitals’ parent company. Other employees who had contact with the patient have been furloughed for two weeks, Eaton said.

“We have been expecting exposure of this virus in Connecticut for several weeks, so its presence should not surprise anybody. This is no cause for panic or anxiety as our public health officials and medical experts have been making every effort to put every precaution possible in place,” Lamont said.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) released a statement Saturday about the confirmed case.

“We always knew it was a matter of when, not if, the COVID-19 would touch Connecticut. As we continue to monitor possible exposures related to a hospital worker — I stand ready to do everything I can at the federal level to make sure the governor and Connecticut's state and local health officials have all the resources they need to contain and stop the spread of the coronavirus in Connecticut,” he said.

2. 11 tests are pending, 42 came back negative

By Friday evening, the state Department of Public Health had tested 42 people in Connecticut for COVID-19, and all of the tests came back negative, Lamont announced in his release.

11 cases were still pending, he said.

The state has one test kit, which has the capacity to test around 600 people. Lamont requested more tests in a letter to the CDC, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Friday his delegation was writing in support of the request.


Connecticut is currently testing those who have shown symptoms of the virus and traveled to a country where the outbreak is more acute, officials told Lamont in a Thursday briefing.


But there may be one more option for folks to get tested: two private labs, Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, would begin processing coronavirus tests, the companies announced Thursday.

3. Connecticut is monitoring at least 200 people for COVID-19

Although the state has only tested several dozen for the virus, it is monitoring some 200 individuals for COVID-19, health officials told Lamont Thursday.

Those monitored were asked to self-quarantine for two weeks.

There are likely cases in Connecticut that have gone unconfirmed because of limited testing, officials have said.

Hearst Connecticut Media reporters Emilie Munson, Ben Lambert, Kaitlyn Krasselt, Katrina Koerting and the Associated Press contributed to this report.