Connecticut Issues First $1,000 Fines To Travel Violators

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August 11, 2020 - 9:35 am

    HARTFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) — The Connecticut Department of Public Health issued its first $1,000 fines on Monday to two individuals who Gov. Ned Lamont said failed to comply with the travel advisory concerning residents who return home from states with high COVID-19 infection rates

    Lamont said the two unnamed people had flown home from Louisiana and Florida and neither filled out a health form. 

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    "I hate to do it, but we're going to be serious, show people we're serious about this and to date it's made a difference," Lamont said. "Overwhelmingly people are doing the right thing, for those few of you who aren't, please be on on notice."

    One of the people also refused to quarantine for the required 14 days and was fined an additional $1,000. 

    Lamont said a coworker had notified state officials that the person was not complying with Lamont's executive order.

    "I think people are self policing and self regulating, but not all are and we wanted to send a message loud and clear," Lamont said.

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    On Monday, Lamont reported that the state conducted 38,309 tests between Friday and Sunday. Of those tested, 247 came back positive. 

    Sixty-patients are hospitalized and there were three COVID-related deaths, bringing the death toll to 4,444.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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