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Gov. Lamont talks about towns with increased cases of COVID-19

The state's positivity dropped to 1.3%

HARTFORD, Conn — Gov. Lamont said the state's positivity dropped to 1.3%, however, about a dozen towns had red alert levels indicating higher numbers of new cases. 

The briefing comes a day after the governor reported the state's positivity rate dropped to 2%. On Tuesday, the positivity was at 2.4%, which was the state's highest rate since June.

5,817 tests were administered and 213 came back positive.

Canterbury, Danbury, East Lyme, Griswold, Hartford, Montville, Norwich, New London, Preston, Sprague and Windham have more than 15 cases per 100,000.

Those towns have the option to roll back to Phase 2 for openings. 

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Lamont said the challenge now would be to see how the state can help small businesses. He said he hoped the federal government would standup to help, but he didn't see that forthcoming. 

Lamont said that rental assistance had been doubled to $40 million. He said part of the $120 million COVID relief fund would be directed to non profits. He expects a grant program for small business and non-profits will be announced next week, and use funds from that same fund. 

Hospitalizations saw an increase of 3. A total of 191 patients were being treated for COVID-19 Wednesday.

The state recorded 3 new COVID-related deaths.

Earlier this week, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia has been added to the list. Last week, New Mexico was added to the list. No states/territories were removed this week.

RELATED: Connecticut sees highest COVID-19 positivity rate since June; Michigan, Ohio and Virginia added to Travel Advisory List

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