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Coronavirus Latest: Fairfield, Norwalk Make 19 'Red-Alert' Hotspots; N.Y. Shields COVID App Data

Rick Bowmer

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

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has included Fairfield and Norwalk on the state’s list of ‘red-alert’ hotspots. The threshold for making the list requires 15 daily cases per 100,000 people over a two-week period.

The 19 cities and towns on the list are allowed to scale-back on reopening to curb the spread of the virus.

The state’s COVID-19 positive rate has dropped to 2.3 percent Thursday, after hitting 3 percent earlier in the week. Long Island and Westchester County, New York have positive rates of about 1 percent.

Governors Ned Lamont and Andrew Cuomo are discouraging non-essential travel between their states.

New York health officials have declined to turn over detailed data that was collected through the state’s COVID Alert app. More than 640,000 New Yorkers have downloaded the app since it’s release this month.

The data, which is public record, would reveal how effective the app has been in tracking the spread of the virus. Officials say releasing the data would violate user privacy and security, despite the app not collecting personal information.