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Coronavirus Latest: 43 States Now On N.Y. Travel Advisory; Cuomo Won't Add Conn., N.J.

John Raoux

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

Governor Ned Lamont has relaxed the standards for states to qualify for Connecticut’s COVID-19 travel advisory list.

Now, states with 10 cases per 100,000 people and a 5 percent positive rate will be added to the list. That rule change also prevents Connecticut from ending up on its own list.

Connecticut and New Jersey qualify for New York’s travel advisory list of 43 states. Governor Andrew Cuomo has kept both states off the list because he says it is not practical to limit essential travel that crosses the borders.

Cuomo says non-essential travel between Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania is discouraged.

Long Island and Westchester County, New York have COVID-19 positive rates around 1 percent. Connecticut’s COVID-19 positive rate has been around 2 percent for nearly a week.

Nearly 10 percent of Connecticut may have been infected with COVID-19, but never tested because they were asymptomatic. That’s according to a recent UConn study, which predicts an increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations from the virus over the next few weeks.

Norwalk Hospital has banned visitors to handle an uptick in cases in eastern Connecticut.