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HHC announces grant that will help provide free COVID-19 testing for communities

Hartford HealthCare will partner with The First Cathedral Church in Bloomfield to welcome the community for important testing.

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — There's more help in the battle against COVID-19 in the state. 

Hartford HealthCare will announce a $400,000 grant given to them by the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) to help provide more free testing for communities. 

Hartford HealthCare said it will be partnering with The First Cathedral Church i Bloomfield to welcome that community for the tests.

The grant, according to Hartford HealthCare, will help support the testing which they call a "critical containment strategy".

It was announced yesterday by Governor Lamont's administration that after briefly rising to 1.2%, Connecticut's positivity rate fell back under 1%. 

According to the recent state numbers, 12,367 tests were administered and 79 came back positive. This is a 0.6% positivity rate. 

The state's current hospitalizations felled to 53 people and two new deaths were recorded, bringing the toll to 4,425 people. 

As of Wednesday, Fairfield and Hartford County are tied with the most confirmed deaths in the state with 10,092 people. Fairfield has more positive cases though, with 17,087 people compared to Hartford's 11,905 cases. 

The county with the least amount of cases and deaths remains to be Windham County. This county has 668 confirmed cases and 14 confirmed deaths.

Also on Wednesday, Gov. Lamont announced the launch of business.ct.gov, which is a one-stop-shop for businesses, looking to start or grow a business in Connecticut. The new digital service aims at making it easier for Connecticut businesses to find information, start a new business, and complete transactions with the state government.

Lamont said his mantra was "No more in line, go online," in pushing for the site to bring together the information required by various state agencies in one place. 

The site will streamline potential business owners experience.