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Coronavirus Latest: NY Local Health Depts. Must Open Vax Centers; Conn. Spent $2B On COVID Response

A COVID-19 vaccine being prepared at the New York State drive-thru vaccination site at Plattsburgh International Airport.
Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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

Local health departments are now tasked with opening COVID-19 vaccination centers for New Yorkers 64 and over. The centers will provide transportation for homebound seniors.

On Long Island, the seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate ticked up to 4.1%. The rest of New York remains at 3.35%. Hospitalizations in the state have fallen to their lowest level since early December.

The seven-day positivity rate in Connecticut decreased to 2.56%.

Governor Ned Lamont’s budget office says Connecticut has spent more than $2 billion in responding to the pandemic.

Purchases include at least $250 million on bulk orders of personal protective equipment and over $180 million in COVID-19 testing. These types of expenses were covered by federal disaster assistance and coronavirus relief funds.

But over $100 million in state tax dollars have been budgeted for COVID-19 expenses.