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Lamont, Blumenthal, & Murphy In Self-Quarantine, Governor's Senior Staff Tests Positive For COVID-19

Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont
Jessica Hill
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AP

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

A member of Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont's senior staff has tested positive for the virus. Lamont and Josh Geballe, who handles the state’s COVID-19 response, will self-quarantine and continue to get tested twice a week.

Also self-quarantining are Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy. While they didn't have direct close contact with Communications Director Max Reiss, they were at an event where he was present.

A hundred cities and towns in Connecticut are now under ‘red alert’. The state asks residents to postpone indoor events and restrict activity outside of their homes. The 7-day positive COVID-19 test rate in Connecticut is 4.8%, according to data provided by the state on Friday.

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The city health worker in charge of handling New Haven, Connecticut’s COVID-19 response is now in quarantine after interacting with people who tested positive for the virus. City Health Director Mariza Bond and several other people who work closely with New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker have tested negative.

On Long Island, the 7-day positive test rate is 3.1%. The rest of New York is at 2.71%.

Regal Cinemas will temporarily close movie theaters in New York, less than three weeks after reopening. The state allowed movie theatres to reopen in October after being closed for 7 months.

Starting today, bars, restaurants and gyms in New York are required to close by 10 p.m. Restaurants can still do food take-out after curfew. Gatherings in private homes are also limited to 10 people.