Officials for nursing homes and assisted living facilities say this week’s data for those facilities shows the state is headed in the “right direction” with a slow reopening to limit further spread of COVID-19.

Data provided by the state Friday showed 2,398 confirmed and probable Covid-19 deaths among nursing home residents and 327 residents from assisted living facilities who have died from the virus as of Wednesday — up from 1,927 and 276 respectively last week.

On Friday, Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order allowing barbershops and hair salons to reopen June 1. The order also raised the limits on gatherings to 10 people inside and 25 people outdoors. Larger religious gatherings will now also be permitted.

Friday’s data showed 8,322 confirmed virus cases in nursing home residents and 1,007 cases in assisted living facility residents — an increase from 6,947 and 872 respectively based on last week’s data.

Fatalities in nursing homes and assisted living facilities represent nearly 72 percent of the statewide total number of deaths as of Wednesday, which was 3,803. But confirmed cases among residents at nursing homes and assisted living facilities represent nearly 23 percent of the state’s 41,288 confirmed virus cases as of Wednesday.

File photo showing primary health care nurse Jose Dominguez in personal protective equipment as he touches the hand of Pilar Boxo who is in quarantine after being tested positive of COVID-19 during a monitoring visit to COVID19 patients at Yayo Toni on May 21, 2020, in Pallejà, Spain. Photo: David Ramos / Getty Images / 2020 Getty Images
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File photo showing primary health care nurse Jose Dominguez in personal protective equipment as he touches the hand of Pilar Boxo who is in quarantine after being tested positive of COVID-19 during a monitoring visit to COVID19 patients at Yayo Toni on May 21, 2020, in Pallejà, Spain.

In a prepared joint statement from Mag Morelli, president of LeadingAge Connecticut; Matt Barrett, president and CEO the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities; and Christopher Carter, president of Connecticut Assisted Living Association said this week’s data shows the state is “moving in the right direction.”

“This week’s statistics and the results of our testing also reflect the highly contagious character of the virus, which has confused and challenged medical and academic experts, as well as public health officials across the nation,” the statement said. “We have continuously modified the normal infection control concepts as we learn more about the disease, and we are cautiously optimistic as we witness more and more residents recovering.”

By Friday, the state Department of Public Health on Friday reported 42 additional deaths in the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total fatalities to 3,826. Another 71 virus patients were discharged from hospitals, with only 577 patients currently hospitalized with the virus in Connecticut.

“We had probably one of our largest in hospitalization we’ve seen in months,” Lamont said Friday. “We’re 75 percent off our peak now. So it’s a long way of saying the metrics continue in the right direction, thanks to what each and every one of you is doing.”

Among the nursing homes with the most confirmed and probable deaths was Danbury’s Saint John Paul II Center, which reported 37 as of Wednesday, up from 34 last week.

Litchfield Woods in Torrington saw an increase of six deaths from 32 last week to 38 this week as of Wednesday, data showed.

In Waterbury, Abbott Terrace Health Center in Waterbury saw one additional virus-linked death, putting the total at 44 as of Wednesday.

Kimberly Hall north in Windsor reported 44 deaths, up one more than last week.

Trumbull’s Maefair Health Care Center saw an increase from 30 deaths last week to 34 this week, the data showed.

In Seymour, Shady Knoll Health Center saw a jump from 35 to 40 between last week and this week’s data.

Some of the facilities which had the most reported virus-associated deaths over the weeks showed no increase in deaths since last week — including Shelton’s Bishop-Wicke Health and Rehabilitation for the second week and East Hartford’s Riverside Health and Rehabilitation. Those facilities remain at 31 and 57 deaths, respectively.