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Coronavirus Latest: Rapid Testing For All N.Y. Counties, UConn Goes Hybrid For The Spring

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says COVID-19 rapid result testing will be made available to every county in the state.

Officials sent nearly 400,000 test kits to local health departments, hospitals, pharmacies, and other health care providers. The tests are free, and results are ready within 15 minutes.

Long Island and Westchester County, New York have COVID-19 positive rates around 1 percent. That’s despite several hotspots in the state increasing hospitalizations to a record high since July.

In Connecticut, the latest reports show a 1.6 percent infection rate with several clusters in Norwich, New London and Hartford.

The University of Connecticut announced the school will move online for the first two and last two weeks of the spring semester due to the pandemic. That’s to limit the amount of time students spend on campus. UConn also delayed spring break until April.

The Connecticut Department of Correction has resumed 30-minute social visits for inmates. Only two visitors are allowed per session by appointment, and no contact is allowed.