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Coronavirus Latest: Conn. Enters Phase 3, Rep. Hayes Tests Negative, Possible L.I. Hotspot Emerges

Mary Altaffer

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus outbreak in the region:

Connecticut has entered phase 3 of reopening. Capacity at indoor restaurants and outdoor venue spaces has been increased.

A COVID-19 alert was issued for New London, Connecticut due to an increased number of cases. Hospitalizations have doubled statewide since the end of September. However, a data correction Wednesday drops the state’s positive rate to below 1 percent.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo identified Lawrence in Nassau County as a possible COVID-19 hotspot with a positive rate of over 5 percent. COVID-19 positive rates in New York, Long Island and Westchester County are around 1 percent.

Connecticut Congresswoman Johanna Hayes is now able to leave quarantine after testing positive for the virus two weeks ago. She’s tested negative, but is still winded from the virus.

U.S. Senator Blumenthal got tested ahead of hearings Monday to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

A teachers’ union on Long Island wants educators who are exposed to students with COVID-19 to be sent home after an Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School student tested positive and a dozen students were quarantined.

In Connecticut, Ansonia, East Lyme, Groton and New Britain have moved online for at least a week after reporting cases among students and staff.