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Despite Initial Worries, Lamont Says Conn. Colleges Effectively Controlling COVID

Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont
Jessica Hill
Associated Press
Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont

Governor Ned Lamont says Connecticut colleges and universities have so far implemented effective policies to handle COVID-19.

Lamont said he had been worried about reopening residential colleges and universities because of the number of their students from out of state.

“They are coming from all over the country. They are coming from Texas. They are coming from southern California. They are coming places that really have an infection rate that is 10 times ours,” Lamont said.

He says despite spikes among some students living off campus, Connecticut colleges have implemented good COVID-19 policies.

“At UConn we’ve done pretty darn well on campus. We’ve done pretty well in the classrooms. We’ve done pretty well in the buildings. But once you get off campus things get a little bit dicier. That’s why I think over the next month or so we’ll see if we are able to get this next step in our experiment done safely,” he said.

Lamont spoke at a roundtable on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.