'This is real': COVID surge gains momentum in Conn. as state reports 6.7% positivity rate

HARTFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) -- The coronavirus surge is gaining momentum in Connecticut, with the state reporting a 6.74% COVID-19 positivity rate on Tuesday after adding two states to its travel advisory.

Travelers entering Connecticut from Maine and New Hampshire must now self-quarantine for 14 days, Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday afternoon.

Only five states and one territory — New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Rhode Island, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands — were not on Connecticut’s travel advisory list as of Tuesday, the state’s website shows.

Of the 22,612 COVID-19 test results that came back in Connecticut on Tuesday, 1,524, or 6.74%, were positive, Lamont said. The positivity rate was just over 4% for the week.

Bridgeport, Stamford and Waterbury saw the most new cases. Bridgeport alone reported more than 500 cases in a week.

"This is real," said Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim. "Wear your mask. If you violate—if you’re an establishment and you violate, we are pushing and responding."

Ganim said people are calling in tips about overcrowding.

"And I want to people to continue to do that. If you see it, let's push people to make sure that they don't continue to violate, if that's what they're doing, and contribute to what could be a safety concern for every one of us," Ganim said.

Connecticut also reported nine new COVID-19 fatalities Tuesday, bringing its death toll to 4,707, data from its health department shows.

As of Monday evening, 548 Connecticut residents were hospitalized with COVID-19, up by 52 from Sunday, the governor said. The number of hospitalizations has quadrupled in a month.

Connecticut tightened COVID restrictions last week, rolling back to 50% indoor capacity at restaurants and capping private gatherings at 10 people. Hospitals are limiting visitors, more schools are switching to remote learning and five University of Connecticut dorms are under quarantine.

A breakdown of COVID-19 cases and deaths by county is below:

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