Governor Lamont announced Connecticut will roll back to Phase 2.1 rules began Friday, Nov. 6
Governor Lamont this week announced that due to the steadily increasing rate of COVID-19 in Connecticut, he is ordering the entire state to roll back to Phase 2.1 rules – a slightly modified version of the previously enacted Phase 2 rules – effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 6.
The major changes that will occur under Phase 2.1 include:
- Restaurants will reduce to 50 percent capacity indoors with a maximum of 8 people limited to a table;
- Restaurants and entertainment venues (i.e. bowling allies, movie theaters, arcades, etc.) will be required to close by 9:30 p.m., with the exception of food takeout and delivery services, which will be allowed to continue after 9:30 p.m.;
- Personal services, such as hair salons and barber shops, will remain at 75 percent capacity;
- Event venues will be limited to 25 people indoor, 50 people outdoor;
- Performing arts venues and movie theaters will have a capacity of 100 people; and
- Religious gatherings will be limited to 50 percent capacity or 100 people maximum.
Employers are reminded to maximize telework to the extent possible, and those over 60 and with chronic conditions are urged to remain home as much as possible. The governor is also asking people to stay home between 10pm-5am.
Weekly update of the Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Alert Map: Sixty Eight municipalities in red
The Connecticut Department of Public Health released its weekly COVID-19 Alert Map, which indicates that 68 cities and towns in Connecticut are in the red zone.
The red zone indicates municipalities that have an average daily COVID-19 case rate over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population. The orange zone indicates those that have case rates between 10 to 14 cases per 100,000 population. The yellow zone indicates municipalities that have case rates between 5 and 9 per 100,000 population, and those indicated in gray have case rates lower than five per 100,000 population.
|**On the Web: Interactive Weekly COVID-19 Alert Map|
The Office of the Governor provided the following updates as of 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2020:
Data updates on testing in Connecticut
The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut.
|Overall Summary||Statewide Total||Change Since Fri, 11/6|
|COVID-19 Cases (confirmed and probable)*||81,463***||+3,338|
|COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)**||2,574,371***||+89,686|
|Daily Test Positivity||3.72%|
|Patients Currently Hospitalized with COVID-19||496||+94|
|COVID-19 Associated Deaths||4,698||+27|
*Includes confirmed plus probable cases; probable cases include persons with positive antigen results
**Daily test positivity is the number of new positive molecular and antigen cases divided by the number of new molecular and antigen tests reported in the past 24 hours
***Totals include 530 cases and 26,321 antigen tests conducted during August-November previously reported to the Connecticut Department of Public Health but not previously included in COVID-19 case and test counts
|County||COVID-19 Cases||COVID-19 Deaths||COVID-19 Hospitalizations|
|New Haven County||18,818||1235||982||162||180|
|New London County||4,186||140||116||34||25|
|Pending address validation||277||31||1||0||0|
For more information visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “COVID-19 Data Tracker.”
Connecticut Department of Public Health issues statewide COVID-19 advisory recommending all residents limit non-essential trips outside the home from 10PM to 5AM
The Connecticut Department of Public Health issued a statewide public health advisory urging Connecticut residents to limit any non-essential trips outside the home between the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. in order to reduce the risk of further viral transmission of COVID-19. The advisory applies to every Connecticut resident, except those who are essential workers who must leave home in order to go to their jobs, and anyone who must leave their home on an emergency basis to seek medical care or purchase medical supplies, food, or groceries.
For more information, read the press release issued by the Department of Public Health.
Governor Limits Private Indoor/Outdoor Gatherings to 10 People
Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday that all private indoor and outdoor gatherings must be capped at 10 people.
Previously, indoor gatherings had been capped at 25 attendees, while outdoors gatherings had been limited to 100 people.
Governor Lamont signs 80th executive order related to COVID-19
Executive Order No. 9L enacts the following provisions:
- Extension of COVID-19 executive orders to February 9, 2021: Extends to February 9, 2021 all previously issued executive orders related to COVID-19 that are in effect as of today.
- Extension of agency and municipality orders of concurrent duration with public health and civil preparedness emergencies: Extends to February 9, 2021 any unexpired order, rule regulation, directive, or guidance issued by any official, agency department, municipality, or entity pursuant to an unexpired COVID-19 order, unless earlier modified or terminated by the issuing authority.
|**Download: Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 9L|
State issues updated sports guidance, recommendations, and sector rules for the winter season
The Connecticut Department of Public Health today released updated comprehensive sports guidance incorporating sports to be played in the winter season for both interscholastic leagues, recreational, and private leagues for youth and adults.
The rules do not apply to college level or professional athletics. This revision updates comprehensive sports guidance released on September 25 and is intended to guide local health departments, municipalities, and league organizers in assessing the risk of play, and offer suggestions to reduce risk of COVID-19 infection to players, coaches, parents and spectators.
The full sports guidance document can be found online and is meant to be used as a tool to help organizers of athletic leagues for both children and adults.
Weekly update to Connecticut’s travel advisory: Oregon and Washington added to list, no locations removed
The State of Connecticut’s travel advisory – which directs incoming travelers from states with a significant community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for a 14-day period – was updated and now includes the states of Oregon and Washington on the list of impacted locations. No locations were removed from the list this week. The list is updated once per week every Tuesday.
As of this week, the full list of impacted locations under the travel advisory includes:
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
The requirement to quarantine applies to any person traveling into Connecticut from one of the impacted locations. Impacted locations include states – other than New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island – that have a positive case rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or higher than a 10 percent test positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average, and countries for which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice.
Anyone arriving to Connecticut from any of the impacted locations is required to complete a travel health form upon their arrival. The form can be filled out online at ct.gov/travelform.
For the most up-to-date information on the regional travel advisory, including an extensive list of frequently asked questions, visit ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel.
Weekly update on the impact of COVID-19 on nursing homes and assisted living facilities
The following documents contain the weekly data regarding each of the nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Connecticut that have reported positive cases of COVID-19 among their residents. The data is presented as it was reported to the state by each of the facilities. If a facility is not listed, that means it is reporting that it does not have any residents who have tested positive.
|**Download: Report from October 29, 2020 on COVID-19 in Connecticut nursing homes|