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COVID-19 Positivity Rate Remains Low; 3 More Deaths Reported

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The state's COVID-19 positivity rate remains low and three additional deaths have been reported, according to state officials.

Net hospitalizations increased by one, bringing the total to 123.

"The numbers are where we want them to be," Gov. Ned Lamont said during a news conference Thursday.

The death toll is now 8,230.

Memorial Day weekend will be the first major holiday since at least half of the state has reached full vaccination status and much of the state has reopened.

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“I have spent the last year-plus saying, 'Stay safe, stay home,'" Gov. Ned Lamont said at a news conference on Wednesday. “Today, I’m telling you, get out of the damn house, come enjoy Hartford, get on a plane, visit a restaurant.”

AAA projects almost one and three quarter million New Englanders will get away over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, which is up 60% over last year during the pandemic, Amy Parmenter, of AAA Allied Group, said.

There is a different scenario for the long weekend than last year when a pandemic travel advisory was in effect.

Lamont said the following percentages of people have received the first dose of the vaccine:

  • 65 and up: 93%
  • 55 to 64: 83%
  • 45 to 54: 71%
  • 35 to 44: 66%
  • 25 to 34: 56%
  • 18 to 24: 51%
  • 16 to 18: 58%
  • 12 to 15: 31%
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