The days when Connecticut hospitals were nearly full with COVID patients are over, and health care systems are starting to return to their pre-pandemic form. COVID-devoted hospital wings are being converted back to their original wards and mass testing and vaccination sites are winding down. \u201cIf you look at the hospital in February 2020 and you look at the hospital today, we\u2019re the same,\u201d said Dr. Daniel Gottschall, vice president of medical affairs for the Fairfield region of Hartford HealthCare and St. Vincent\u2019s Medical Center in Bridgeport. \u201cJust, for the last 15 to 18 months we were changing, sometimes on a daily basis.\u201d St. Vincent\u2019s Medical Center, which once had more than 160 COVID patients at once, had none as of Thursday. \u201cThat was about 80 percent of our census,\u201d Gottschall said of the COVID patients. \u201cEverybody was touching the lives of these patients. Every ward was basically a COVID ward.\u201d As COVID hospitalizations statewide have dropped below 100 in recent weeks, health care systems have begun diverting resources. At St. Vincent\u2019s, where three intensive care units had been set up to treat COVID patients, the hospital is back to just one ICU and one progressive care unit. Staff members who had been pulled from other disciplines to treat COVID patients have also returned to their original jobs. A mass testing site in the parking garage of Bridgeport\u2019s Webster Bank Arena closed in recent weeks, because, Gottschall said, \u201cwe don\u2019t need to do mass testing anymore.\u201d Throughout Hartford HealthCare \u2014 the system that includes St. Vincent\u2019s, as well as Hartford Hospital and other facilities \u2014 there are now around 25 COVID patients being treated, according to Dr. Ajay Kumar, Hartford HealthCare\u2019s chief medical officer. At one point when demand for COVID vaccines peaked, Kumar said HHC offered six mass vaccination sites throughout the state. \u201cAt our peak, (these sites) were vaccinating up to 6,000 people a day,\u201d he said, adding that each mass vaccination clinic was immunizing anywhere from 800 to 1,200 patients a day. But demand has dropped and three of the mass vaccination clinics have closed. Kumar said the system\u2019s vaccination clinics now only see a total of a few hundred patients each day. St. Vincent\u2019s two mega sites \u2014 at Sacred Heart University and Central High School in Bridgeport \u2014 are still open, but are expected to close soon. Kumar stressed that patients will still have access to vaccines, through acute care facilities and medical group clinics, as well as a mobile clinic. \u201cHHC is not shutting down access to the vaccine,\u201d he said. At Nuvance Health, which includes Norwalk, New Milford, Danbury and Sharon hospitals, COVID measures have also been scaled back. \u201cWe used to have multiple ICUs and COVID floors going on at the same time in each of our hospitals,\u201d said Dr. Diane Kantaros, the system\u2019s chief quality officer. \u201cBut now, they\u2019ve all been able to scale back.\u201d At Yale New Haven Health, cases have dropped to as low as 23 systemwide, said Dr. Thomas Balcezak,the system\u2019s chief clinical officer. As a result, the system has converted the three floors dedicated to COVID-19 patients at its Smilow Cancer Hospital back to regular oncology beds. Other changes include shutting down its mass vaccination clinics as demand for vaccines has waned. However, Balcezak cautioned that COVID will likely never completely go away. \u201cI feel like we\u2019ll always have some cases kicking around,\u201d he said. Balcezak and other health experts said if another COVID surge occurs, they are prepared to shift their resources back to addressing the illness at a moment\u2019s notice. \u201cHopefully, we won\u2019t have another surge, but feel pretty confident, that having (handled two surges already) we could do it again,\u201d Kantaros said.