• mask mandate September 7, 2022 4:04 pm

    Metro-North No Longer Requiring Masks on Trains in Connecticut

    Metro-North travelers will no longer be required to wear face masks on trains in Connecticut. The change comes after New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the end of the mask mandate on mass transit systems including on subways, buses and more. It’s still recommended that travelers wear face coverings on public transit, but it’s not required. In April, the...

  • coronavirus in connecticut August 8, 2022 6:19 pm

    Program for $1,000 ‘Hero' Pay for Essential Conn. Workers to Launch This Week

    Up to $1,000 in pandemic pay will be available for eligible, private-sector essential workers in Connecticut who were employed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. There was a soft launch on Friday and the website for applications went up that morning. While there has been significant interest in the program, officials from the office of the state comptroller said…

  • COVID-19 August 8, 2022 10:54 am

    Essential Connecticut Workers Can Apply for $1,000 ‘Hero' Pay

    Up to $1,000 in pandemic pay is available for eligible, private-sector essential workers in Connecticut who were employed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a new website for applications up and running on Friday. Workers must have earned $149,999 annually or less to be eligible. The $30 million Premium Pay Program will officially kick off next week, following the...

  • coronavirus in connecticut May 6, 2022 1:36 pm

    CDC Lists All Connecticut Counties in Medium or High on COVID Level Map

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday night listed all eight Connecticut counties in the medium or high categories as part of its COVID-19 Community Levels Map, according to the state Department of Public Health. A week ago, only New London County was listed in the medium category and the other seven counties were listed in the low…

  • coronavirus in connecticut February 21, 2022 3:26 pm

    CT's COVID-19 Positivity Rate Falls Below 3%

    Connecticut’s COVID-19 positivity rate has fallen below 3%. The governor’s office released information on Monday afternoon and said the state’s positivity rate is 2.97%. Since Friday there have been an additional 1,291 cases out of 43,415 tests reported and there are 261 hospitalizations, which is 29 less than on Friday. Of the 261 patients currently hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, 120…

  • masks in schools February 18, 2022 11:34 pm

    Conn. DPH Releases New Guidance for Use of Face Masks in Schools

    The Connecticut Department of Public Health released new guidance for schools about the use of face masks. DPH officials said boards of education, district administrators and other local decision-makers should consider several factors before deciding whether or not masks should be required indoors. The department provided questions for schools to consider when thinking about COVID-19 policy changes, including mask mandates…

  • coronavirus in connecticut February 8, 2022 5:34 am

    Lamont to End Statewide School Mask Mandate on Feb. 28

    Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday that he will end the statewide mask mandate in schools and childcare centers on February 28. The decision after that will be up to individual school districts, Gov. Lamont said. Gov. Lamont cited falling COVID-19 infection rates in the state and available vaccines to help protect people from serious illness. “Connecticut is seeing a dramatic…

  • coronavirus in connecticut January 21, 2022 7:53 am

    Conn. Governor to Hold COVID Briefing This Afternoon

    Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday that Connecticut is one of the five states with the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the United States. The state’s positivity rate decreased to 13.29% and hospitalizations continue to go down, as well. With a decline of 72, there are now 1,733 total hospitalizations. This is the lowest the state has seen in a few…

  • COVID-19 January 13, 2022 3:25 pm

    CT COVID-19 Positivity Rate Is 20.27 Percent

    Connecticut’s COVID-19 positivity rate Thursday is 20.27 percent, down from 21.24 percent on Wednesday, and the number of hospitalizations is down. Gov. Ned Lamont released information on the state’s COVID-19 cases Thursday afternoon and said the number of people hospitalized is down by 22, to a total of 1,917. Of the 1,917 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 1,288, or 67.2…

  • coronavirus in connecticut January 12, 2022 4:49 pm

    CT's COVID Positivity Rate Is 21.24 Percent

    Connecticut COVID-19 positivity rate Wednesday is 21.24 percent and 1,939 people who have the virus are hospitalized. The positivity rate declined some since Tuesday’s rate of 23.85 percent and Monday’s rate of 23.68 percent. “We’re flattening the curve,” Lamont said. He said hospitalizations are up a little bit, but hospital admittances are going down. Lamont said hospitalizations increased by 19.

  • coronavirus in connecticut January 11, 2022 3:20 pm

    CT's COVID-19 Positivity Rate is Near 24 Percent: Governor

    Gov. Ned Lamont said that the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate Tuesday is near 24 percent. He made the announcement during a news conference Tuesday afternoon about workforce development efforts amid the COVID-19 pandemic. His office released a statement on Tuesday, saying the rate is 23.85 percent, up slightly from Monday’s positivity rate, which was 23.68 percent. There are an additional…

  • coronavirus in connecticut January 10, 2022 3:23 pm

    CT's COVID-19 Positivity Rate Dips Slightly to 23.68 Percent

    The state of Connecticut’s COVID-19 positivity rate Monday is 23.68 percent, down slightly from 24.55 percent on Friday, which was a record high. Gov. Ned Lamont said there are 1,889 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19, which is 79 more than there were on Friday. There are 31,405 positive COVID-19 cases reported out of 132,606 COVID-19 tests. Of the 1,889 patients…

  • coronavirus in connecticut January 5, 2022 3:44 pm

    Conn. COVID-19 Rate at 22.3 Percent, Another 114 Hospitalized

    The state of Connecticut’s COVID-19 positivity rate on Wednesday is 22.6%, there are an additional 10,344 positive cases and an additional 114 people with the virus hospitalized. The positivity rate dipped slightly from a record-high 23.85 percent on Tuesday. There are currently 1,676 people with COVID-19 hospitalized. The governor’s office said 1,128 of the hospitalized, or 67.3 percent, are not…

  • coronavirus in connecticut January 3, 2022 4:01 pm

    There is ‘Rampant Community Spread' of COVID-19 in Conn: Governor

    Connecticut’s COVID-19 positivity has reached a new record high and Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday that there is “rampant community spread” of the virus. Connecticut Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani said the state’s positivity rate is up to 21.5 percent, based on PCR tests. Coronavirus-related hospitalizations increased by 301 since Thursday. There are currently 1,452 people hospitalized with COVID-19…

  • coronavirus in connecticut December 31, 2021 1:39 pm

    Conn. Has Received Shipment of At-Home Rapid COVID Tests: Governor

    Connecticut received a shipment of at-home rapid COVID-19 tests early Friday morning, according to the governor. He said the state has received 426,000 tests and there are more to come, including today. Lamont also announced that the schools will open as scheduled. He said the guidance was sent out on schools this morning and all of the schools are going…

  • coronavirus in connecticut December 30, 2021 6:26 pm

    Conn. COVID-19 Rate Reaches New Record High of Over 20 Percent

    Connecticut’s daily COVID-19 positivity rate is now over 20 percent, a record high since significant widespread testing has been conducted. Gov. Ned Lamont released the new rate on Thursday afternoon and today’s positivity rate is 20.33 percent, up from 17.78 percent yesterday. “There’s no question about it, omicron is everywhere,” Gov. Lamont said Thursday evening. The governor called the 20%…

  • coronavirus testing December 30, 2021 1:41 pm

    Connecticut's Shipment of At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Tests Delayed

    Connecticut’s shipment of at-home rapid COVID-19 tests has been delayed, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

  • coronavirus in connecticut December 29, 2021 11:54 pm

    CT COVID-19 Test Positivity Hits Record-Breaking 17.8%; More Than 1K Hospitalized

    Connecticut’s COVID-19 test positivity rate has hit more than 17%, smashing the previous day’s already record high of just under 15%.

  • coronavirus in connecticut December 28, 2021 11:28 pm

    Connecticut's COVID-19 Test Positive Rate Skyrockets to Nearly 15% on Tuesday

    Connecticut’s COVID-19 test positive rate jumped from just over 10% on Monday to just under 15% on Tuesday, the highest percentage since widespread testing began earlier in the pandemic. Of the 38,395 COVID-19 tests administered since Monday, 5,753 came back positive. The state’s COVID-19 test positive rate is now 14.98%. Last week, the state’s COVID-19 test positive rate hovered just…

  • coronavirus in connecticut December 27, 2021 4:07 pm

    Connecticut's COVID-19 Test Positive Rate Exceeds 10% for First Time

    Connecticut’s COVID-19 test positive rate exceeded 10% on Monday, the highest number since widespread testing began earlier in the pandemic. Of the 136,857 COVID-19 tests administered since Thursday, 14,654 came back positive. The state’s daily test positive rate now sits at 10.71%, according to the governor’s office. Eighty-eight more people are hospitalized in the state with COVID-19 since Thursday for…

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