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State's COVID-19 Positive Rate Remains Above 3% Ahead of Thanksgiving Weekend

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Connecticut's COVID-19 positive test rate remains above 3% ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday when many residents will travel or spend time with extended families, the governor said in his first coronavirus briefing in a couple of months.

As of Monday, the state's test positive rate is 3.53%. Of the 58,379 tests administered since Friday, 2,060 came back positive. Twenty-one more residents are hospitalized in the state since Friday.

The governor said the state's seven-day rolling average is 3.3%, the highest since early September. The current infection rate is 21 per 100,000 residents.

The rate as "gone up quite a bit" since the end of the summer, Gov. Ned Lamont said.

The state has seen a recent uptick over the last several weeks of COVID-19 cases in residents aged five to 11, according to Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani.

"This virus will find the unvaccinated," Juthani said.

The governor's office releases information on coronavirus cases on a daily basis on weekdays, but it has been a while since he held a news conference specifically about coronavirus response efforts.

On Friday, the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate was 3.27%. Data from the weekend is usually released on Monday.

Who Can Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

Anyone 5 years old and up is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The governor said 84% of the state's eligible residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated and 18% have received boosters.

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Who Can Get a COVID-19 Booster

COVID-19 booster shots are now available for anyone 18 and older who received a Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine at least two months ago and anyone who received the Pfizer or Moderna shots at least six months ago.

Learn more here about who is eligible.

Lamont will hold a briefing at 4 p.m. by videoconference.

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