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Conn. Has Lowest Increase in COVID-19 Cases in 6 Months: Governor

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The governor said Connecticut has the lowest increase in COVID-19 cases that's been seen in six months. He said this may be a result of more residents getting vaccinated against the virus.

The state's positivity rate is at 1.34% and 486 people tested positive out of 36,200 tests performed since Wednesday.

Daily coronavirus cases have seen a decrease of approximately 50% over the past couple of weeks, according to Chief Operating Officer Josh Geballe.

Net hospitalizations are down by four at 403. That's the lowest number seen in more than a month.

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Four more virus-related deaths have been reported. The death toll is now at 8,084, state officials said.

The state's positivity rate was 2.29% on Wednesday.

Starting Saturday, some COVID-19 restrictions across Connecticut will be lifted. This includes moving the business curfew back to 12 a.m. and lifting outdoor restrictions. There will be no table size limit and alcohol without food will be allowed.

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Governor Ned Lamont said all colleges in the state have completed first dose clinics.

There are over 100 vaccination clinics offering walk-up appointments. For a list of these clinics, click here.

Nearly 1.9 million first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the state. A total of 1.32 million people are fully vaccinated, according to state officials.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is once again being administered at clinics across Connecticut. Approximately 5,000 doses have been given out since the pause was lifted last week.

Large event and large employer vaccine clinics are available, according to the governor.

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