Conn. (WWLP) – Connecticut recorded its 10 thousandth COVID-19 related death this week, according to the latest release by the US Department of Health.

The state currently has a positive test rate of 8.6 percent, and 995 hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

Connecticut’s public health commissioner, says the state is heading in the right direction, but residents will need to learn how to deal with the ups and downs of what will likely become an endemic disease.