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Coronavirus Latest: COVID-19 Penalities Raised; U.S. Virgin Islands Added To Conn. Travel Advisory

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Seth Wenig
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AP

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

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has increased fines for businesses that violate COVID-19 guidelines to $10,000. The penalties take aim at large gatherings at restaurants and Black Friday shopping “mobs” over the long holiday weekend.

The 7-day positive test rate in Connecticut dropped to 5.4%, according to data released by the state. The U.S. Virgin Islands were added to a travel advisory for anyone entering Connecticut to require a 14-day quarantine or a negative test result upon arrival. New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Hawaii are the only exempt states.

On Long Island, the 7-day positive COVID-19 test rate holds steady at 3.25%. The rest of New York is at 2.92%.

Health officials caution residents about limiting exposure to family and friends outside of their households this Thanksgiving in order to curb the spread of the virus.