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Coronavirus Latest: Conn. Traces Outbreaks; Winter Sport Cancellations; N.Y. Appeals Live Music Ban

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

Contact tracing shows the recent significant increase in COVD-19 cases in Connecticut comes from informal social gathering, rather than indoor dining or schools.

The state rolled out $20 million in federal funding to help local health districts test, track and do community outreach to help curb the spread of the virus.

Connecticut’s COVID-19 positive rate is around 3 percent. Long Island and Westchester County, New York have COVID-19 positive rates around 1 percent. The governors say non-essential travel between Connecticut and New York is discouraged.

The group that oversees the state college athletic conference in New York has canceled its winter sports season. That includes basketball, ice hockey and swimming.

The New York state Liquor Authority has appealed a lower court’s ruling that blocked the state’s live music restrictions at bars and venues. The rule bans advertisement and ticketing of shows to limit crowds during the pandemic. Violators were fined or lost their liquor license.