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Coronavirus Latest: Virus Could Stess Connecticut's 'Debt Diet'; Restaurants Blast N.Y. Over Curfew

Peter Fertig

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

Connecticut House Democrats, with their newly gained supermajority, want the state to increase borrowing to help keep several COVID-19 programs in play.

That could be at odds with Governor Ned Lamont who has tried to curb Connecticut’s debt.

The 7-day positive COVID-19 test rate in Connecticut is 4.25%, according to data provided by the state on Wednesday. On Long Island, the 7-day positive test rate is 2.91%. The rest of New York is at 2.62%.

Restaurants and Republican lawmakers in New York have bashed new orders from Governor Andrew Cuomo that places a 10 p.m. curfew on bars, restaurants and gyms starting Friday.

They said the rules are bad for businesses that have only just started to recover from the last shutdown. The GOP also says a new rule that caps house parties at 10 people is unenforceable, even though Cuomo wants to prevent superspreader events in private homes.

However, several heads of hospital systems on Long Island caution that the new rules might not be enough, especially as the winter weather and the holiday season approaches.