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

Shortly before his press conference, Lamont's office released the latest CT Travel Advisory List, showing three new additions.

HARTFORD, Conn — Gov. Lamont reported Tuesday during his COVID-19 state briefing that Connecticut is seeing a 2.4% positivity rate since yesterday, which is the highest rate since June. The governor noted that number reflects that the rate that is trending up.

Also addressed during Tuesday's briefing was a situation impacting several people who are collecting unemployment and have noticed that their banking information was changed on their Department of Labor accounts without their knowledge. 

FOX61 News talked to unemployment recipients and they all say they shared a similar experience. They say their direct deposit information on their Department of Labor accounts had been changed unknowingly to a Wells Fargo bank account that FOX61 News has now confirmed was a fake wells Fargo account. FOX61’s Brent Hardin asked the governor to comment and Lamont said that there has been cyber hacking seen around the country and the Department of Labor is tracking the situation carefully.

“Right now our number one recommendation is to make sure to continually upgrade and update your password,” advised Lamont.

RELATED: Some Connecticut residents receiving unemployment say their direct deposit information was unknowingly changed

Shortly before his press conference, Lamont's office released the latest CT Travel Advisory List, showing three new additions. 

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.

The list is updated every week on Tuesday based on the COVID-19 numbers in each state. For more info, click here

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arkansas
  4. Colorado
  5. Delaware
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. Guam
  9. Idaho
  10. Illinois
  11. Indiana
  12. Iowa
  13. Kansas
  14. Kentucky
  15. Louisiana
  16. Minnesota
  17. Mississippi
  18. Missouri
  19. Montana
  20. Nebraska
  21. Nevada
  22. New Mexico
  23. North Carolina
  24. North Dakota
  25. Oklahoma
  26. Puerto Rico
  27. Rhode Island
  28. South Carolina
  29. South Dakota
  30. Tennessee
  31. Texas
  32. Utah
  33. West Virginia
  34. Wisconsin
  35. Wyoming

As of Monday, there were additional 1,066 positive cases from Friday. That included over 270 positive cases out of 23,130 tests conducted between September 26 and October 8 that are newly reported as part of catch-up reporting.

The number of hospitalizations has increased by 21, now standing at 155. 

Two additional deaths were reported Monday. 

There is an increasing focus on New London County as Norwich sees an uptick in cases. 

The Connecticut Department of Public Health issued a COVID-19 alert for New London on Thursday following a recent spike of cases in the area.

According to a release, the city reported 115 new COVID-19 cases between September 20 and October 3.

That spike raised the daily case rate to 30.5 per 100,000 population, which is one of the highest in the state, officials said. 

Residents have been urged to:

  • stay home if not feeling well or exposed to positive cases
  • limit trips outside the home
  • avoid indoor gatherings outside of their households

“We are seeing increased levels of community transmission of COVID-19 in eastern Connecticut, and the amount of disease activity in New London is a real concern,” Acting DPH Commissioner Deidre S. Gifford, MD MPH said.

DPH also noted that they are working closely with the Ledge Light Health District, municipal officials and health care providers that have testing sites available for members of the community.

New London and Norwich are the only two municipalities in the state with an infection rate per 100,000 people over 25. This has New London stepping up testing.