No COVID-19 Fatalities In Connecticut For 1st Time In Months

WCBS 880 Newsroom
July 07, 2020 - 5:32 pm

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New data shows there were no new COVID-19-associated deaths in Connecticut between Monday and Tuesday.

    It marks the first time since mid-March there has not been a death.

    The news comes a day after Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced the state would delay Phase 3, which was scheduled for July 20, follocing a spike in COVID-19 cases in states that reopened too soon.

    "They were not able to control it. Texas opened up they had to close down dozens of bars before they closed them all down because it was very, very difficult to enforce. So I think we're going to be cautious on this one," Lamont said.

    That means bars will remain closed fo rnow and restaurants will be limited to 50 percent indoor capacity.

    Meanwhile, anyone traveling into Connecticut, New York or New Jersey from Delaware, Kansas or Oklahoma must self-quarantine for 14 days to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    Now 19 states have high enough infection rates to meet the criteria for the Tri-State quarantine rule.

    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday he believes the quarantine has discouraged out-of-state visitors, noting how the number of flight cancellations at Bradley International Airport is double of what officials had anticipated. 

    Also, Mathematica Policy Research, headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, will conduct an independent review of the response to COVID-19 in Connecticut's nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

    "Our nursing homes and assisted living facilities have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19," Lamont said. "The tragedies that occurred deserve a thorough examination and we have an obligation to those who live in those facilities, their families, and the incredible professionals who care for residents to provide answers as to what could  have been done differently to mitigate the spread of the virus."

    WCBS 880 contributed to this report.

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