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Lamont Announces Certification Process for Travelers Coming Into Conn. and New York

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Gov. Ned Lamont announced that Connecticut will partner up with New York to toughen up the travel quarantine advisory that's currently in place by implementing a certification process for travelers.

The certification process would require travelers to provide information on where they're staying, how they will quarantine and who they are traveling with, among other requirements that are yet to be determined, Lamont said.

The governor said travelers will provide this information to officials upon arrival in Connecticut.

The process will allow for a better way to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Travelers from a total of 19 states are subject to a self-quarantine upon arriving in Connecticut, the state announced on its travel advisory website Tuesday.

The states involved are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

Lamont said the state could implement fines if travelers abuse the quarantine methodology, but that will be determined in the next week or so.

New Coronavirus Numbers in Conn.

There have been 23 more deaths and three fewer hospitalizations reported in Connecticut over the past three days.

Lamont said 17 of the reported 23 new deaths were delayed. The remaining six deaths are new from the past three days.

Only about 0.7 percent of tests came back positive in the past three days. Lamont said Connecticut saw about a 0.8 positivity rate over the past week.

There have been about 10,000 tests performed daily, with 31,101 reported coronavirus tests since Friday.

An additional 223 people have tested positive for coronavirus since Friday, bringing the state total to 47,510.

Schools Hoping to Bring Students Back

Connecticut schools are hopeful that they will get to bring students back into the classroom this fall, said executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents Fran Rabinowitz.

"There is nothing more effective than having the children in their classes with their teachers," Rabinowitz said.

Rabinowitz emphasized that this should only happen if it is safe to do so.

“Given where we are in Connecticut as one of the best states, right now it is looking good to be able to bring students back into a safe and healthy environment," Rabinowitz said.

She also said that while Connecticut stands as one of the best states in terms of coronavirus cases, that data could change at any moment.

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