Governor Ned Lamont provided an update into the state’s COVID-19 response efforts Thursday evening.
The Governor’s office released Wednesday’s COVID-19 numbers showing an even higher positivity rate for the virus. There were 10,372 tests administered and 192 came back positive, yielding a 1.9 percent positivity rate.
Hospitalizations increased again by three people bringing the current total to 107 patients. There were also three new COVID-19 related deaths, Connecticut’s COVID-19 death toll has reached 4,511 people.
Today’s COVID-19 update in Connecticut:
➡️10,372 tests were administered and 192 came back positive (1.9% positivity rate)
➡️107 patients are hospitalized (increase of 3)
➡️There have been 3 COVID-related deaths
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— Governor Ned Lamont (@GovNedLamont) October 1, 2020
Lamont spoke about nursing homes and the third-party independent review from Mathematic. The state is already implementing the recommendations to address and protect residents in staff in the nursing homes. It was announced on Thursday, a COVID-19 outbreak occurred in a Colchester nursing home.
Only last week on September 28, visitation regulations were loosened for nursing homes. The rules are now allowing indoor visitation for the first time in months for outside family members.
Gov. Lamont announced that Connecticut will begin Phase 3 in its reopening plan on October 8.
For businesses like restaurants, barbers shops, and libraries, the indoor capacity has increased from 50 percent to 75 percent. Outdoor events like a race track will see an increase from 25 percent to 50 percent with mask-wearing and social distancing be practiced.
Bars and nightclubs will continue to stay closed. When asked if there was a timeline to reopen these types of businesses, Lamont said there is not one.
Indoor performing venues will increase capacity to 100 people. Private outdoor events will go from 100 to 150 people. Graduations and religious venues will also see an increase in capacity. Graduations will see an increase to 50 percent or 200 people. Religious venues will also see an increase to 50% capacity or 200 people.