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Coronavirus Latest: Conn. Hotspots Not Ready For Phase 3, N.Y. Religious Groups Sue Cuomo

New London, Connecticut, City Hall
Susan Haigh / Associated Press
New London, Connecticut, City Hall

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

Governor Ned Lamont plans to allow Connecticut cities and towns to decide whether to hold off on entering phase 3 of reopening that went into effect this week.

Communities in eastern Connecticut have several COVID-19 clusters and may not be ready to increase capacity for indoor dining and outdoor venues. Lamont is expected to announce a final decision early next week.

The three-day average for coronavirus positive rates in Connecticut, Long Island and Westchester County, New York are around 1 percent. That’s despite several hotspots increasing hospitalizations and COVID-19 testing.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and a Jewish organization that advocates for synagogues has sued New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Diocese and Agudath Israel of America calls the state’s new restrictions on religious gatherings in Brooklyn and Queens “punitive and unconstitutional.”