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Coronavirus Latest: Governors Expect 'Tough Winter' Ahead

Mike Groll
Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Governors Ned Lamont (D-CT) and Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) at an event before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is the latest on the coronavirus outbreak in the region:

New models of COVID-19’s resurgence in the Northeast show infections may peak in mid-January. Healthcare workers in Connecticut expect the surge to be more manageable than last spring.

Still, Governor Ned Lamont said the state is in for a “tough winter.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will allow local governments to decide if a mandatory mask policy for students is required to contain the spread of coronavirus in schools. Cuomo said it will then also be up to the government to enforce those rules.

Connecticut’s COVID-19 infection rate has dropped to 3.4% , after hitting 4% earlier in the week. Long Island and Westchester County, New York have positive rates around 1.6%. Governors Ned Lamont and Andrew Cuomo are discouraging travel to neighboring states.

Seven positive cases at Connetquot High School on Long Island sparked 45 teachers to call out in one day, citing concerns about the district’s handling of the virus. The local teachers’ union has pressed for the school to be shut down for a few days for a deep cleaning.