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Connecticut Infection Rate Reaches Highest Level Since June

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said the state’s COVID-19 infection rate has reached 4.1 percent. That’s double the rate reported on Monday.

Lamont says at least 22 more people are currently hospitalized.

“That’s not unexpected, but it still wakes you up like a cold shower. It’s the highest numbers that we’ve had since early June. That's why it’s so important that we maintain all the social distancing and wearing the mask when you come and vote. And if you come in person, do it safely,” Lamont said.

Lamont was speaking at a press conference with election officials in West Hartford ahead of the midnight deadline for voter registration.

Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill expects over 1 million people to vote in person. She asked voters to prepare for the polls by bringing their own hand sanitizer and keeping six feet away from others.

She said people who refuse to wear a mask will be allowed to cast their ballot at a safe distance from other voters.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.