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Coronavirus Latest: N.Y. Rolls Out Rapid Testing To Cluster On Connecticut Border

Kathy Willens

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

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has identified the beginnings of a COVID-19 cluster in Port Chester in Westchester County on the Connecticut border.

Cuomo said New York will deploy rapid testing to help prevent the spread of the virus. He says that’s because Connecticut’s numbers “are not good.”

Governors Cuomo and Ned Lamont discourage travel between their states.

The positive test rate statewide in New York has reached 2%, for the first time since May. On Long Island, the positive rate reached 2.5%. Connecticut’s COVID-19 infection rate approaches 5%.

New Haven, Connecticut Mayor Justin Elicker has proposed an ordinance that would give hotel workers who were laid off due to the pandemic the right to return to their old jobs as soon as those positions become available.

The measure comes as tens of thousands of Connecticut residents refiled for jobless benefits in late October, after the standard, six-month payments ran out. They are classified as long-term unemployment.