Coronavirus Latest: Lamont Defends Moving Forward With Phase 3 Reopening On Thursday
Here’s the latest on the coronavirus outbreak in the region:
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont defended his decision to move forward with the state’s next phase of reopening this week.
Starting Thursday, phase 3 allows indoor dining at restaurants to increase to 75 percent capacity, and relaxes restrictions at places of worship, barbers and hair salons, and outdoor venues.
Connecticut has its highest COVID-19 positive rate since June at 1.6 percent. Long Island and Westchester County, New York also have positive rates well above 1 percent.
Some Long Island superintendents and educators are concerned that the state’s COVID-19 Report Card has inaccurate information about testing and cases in school districts.
More schools on Long Island have reported student and staff cases, including Sachem, Roslyn, Islip, Bayport-Blue Point, Three Village and Commack school districts. Many have moved to online learning.
Three middle school students in Greenwich, Connecticut have tested positive for the virus after attending off-campus youth sports. Several more students and staff at Brunswick School are in quarantine.