COVID-19 rising in CT; most new cases since May

Hartford considers next moves after going "red"
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Connecticut's latest COVID-19 test results seem tame when compared to those in states where the virus now rages, but they're high enough to raise alarm among state and local officials. Some are weighing if they'll have to reverse field on certain reopening steps.

The 24-hour total of 802 positive tests is the most in a single day since May. The corresponding 2.4% positive rate is roughly a full percentage point higher than the closely-watched 7-day rolling average.

With the state in Phase 3 reopening, Gov. Lamont is allowing "red" cities and towns (those averaging 15 or more new cases daily per 100,000 people) to decide whether to return to Phase 2, or more restrictive, guidelines. Windham, with a rate of 26.6 per 100,000 in the most recent numbers available (through Oct. 10th), is the first community to take him up on that offer.