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Coronavirus Latest: Lamont Scales Back Connecticut Reopening To Phase 2

Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont
Jessica Hill
Associated Press
Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont

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

Governor Ned Lamont has reversed Connecticut’s reopening plans, as coronavirus cases increase throughout the state. 
Connecticut will return to Phase 2 on Friday. Restaurants will be required to scale back indoor capacity to 50%. Event venues are capped at 25 people indoors and 50 outdoors. Religious gathering is capped at 100 people or 50% capacity.

Connecticut’s COVID-19 infection rate has increased to nearly 3.6% after spiking to 6% last week. Long Island and Westchester County, New York’s positive rate is around 1.5%.

Governor Lamont has created a bipartisan working group to evaluate nursing homes and assisted living facilities performance during the pandemic. Lamont expects legislative recommendations that address their challenges.

That’s after a state commissioned report found Connecticut overlooked these long-term care facilities during the spring peak. The new working group comes as cases in Connecticut surge again.

Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has ended the emergency moratorium on electric, natural gas, and water utility shut-offs in response to the pandemic.

Yale University recorded 39 new cases of the virus in the past week.

Bridgeport, Connecticut schools will move to a hybrid teaching model effective November 9th after the city scaled back to Phase 2 of reopening last week.