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Volunteers caring for animals say the pandemic has greatly increased the number of stray cats in cities like New Haven.

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From living rooms and Zoom rooms, Connecticut watched as Joe Biden was sworn in Wednesday as America’s 46th president.

Last summer, Sammy Bajraktarevic (right), owner of Luce Restaurant in Middletown, and server Alex Cirikovic set up socially distanced tables for a dining area in the restaurant’s parking lot as part of reopening amid the pandemic..
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Restaurant owners say recent data released by the Connecticut Department of Public Health that appears to show COVID clusters centered on eateries doesn’t paint an accurate picture. It’s sparked yet more controversy in the continuing debate over dining during the pandemic.

A casket sits in a parlor at the DeLeon Funeral Home in Hartford. DeLeon’s clientele is largely from the Hispanic community and they have seen a spike in funerals in April and early May due to the COVID19 pandemic, according to owner Kevin Davidson.
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Out of the $6 billion in federal coronavirus relief heading to Connecticut, $41 million will be set aside to help families with funeral costs.

By the first day of school, Waterbury Public Schools had yet to contact the entire parent population. 10% were still unresponsive to what the district classified as repeated attempts.
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New studies confirm that the coronavirus pandemic has led huge numbers of people across the U.S. to move from big, densely populated areas to smaller cities or suburbs. Connecticut is no exception, with its influx of transplanted New Yorkers. And with more parents working remotely, these new residents may decide to stay and enroll their children in local schools.

The town of Wilton has found a unique way to use its absentee ballot box. Now that it’s done with delivering ballots to the polls, the box has acquired the power to transport kids’ letters to the North Pole. 

Teachers’ unions in Connecticut presented a petition Thursday signed by 14,000 members, urging the state to put in more precautions to make classroom learning safer.

Mary Yordon is president of the Norwalk Federation of Teachers. She is one of those calling on Governor Ned Lamont to switch to all-remote learning until stricter protocols are in place that can be enforced state-wide.

As restaurant owners plan to protest in Hartford Monday, to demand for more help to survive the pandemic, Gov. Ned Lamont says he is working on ways to give them more financial help.

"We are trying to find ways we can provide support," the governor said at a Wednesday press conference. "I was hoping to be a bridge to federal support just like last time around with the PPP, but I’m going to do what I can at the state level -- not as much as anybody wants, but enough to be a help."

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The social media app TikTok may be better known by Generation Z, but Shannon Doherty’s parenting hacks have gone viral.    

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It’s a century-old holiday tradition that is struggling during the pandemic. Sergeant Anthony Rivera of the Stamford Salvation Army Corps says the organization usually has nine bell ringers throughout the city, but this year it has only three.

At Foodshare's drive-thru food bank at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, volunteer Tiina Hyvonen stacks 5-pound bags of potatoes. Most passengers driving through kept their windows up and volunteers loaded food directly into trunks.
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November and December are typically the busiest months of the year for Foodshare, which helps those struggling with food insecurity. This year, that need is only intensified by the pandemic.

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The Westport community will lose its online newspaper at the end of the month due to the death of its founder. 

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As the days grow colder, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness has launched a statewide campaign to help house those who need it during a time when shelter capacity is challenged.

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A settlement was reached in a nationwide class action lawsuit against the Army that will help veterans with less than honorable discharges struggling with behavioral health issues gain access to care they need.

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The state’s new covid exposure app for cellphones has reached over 600,000 downloads in less than a week.  Launched last Thursday, the app for iPhone and Android systems lets people know they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

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About 200 employees at Pfizer’s Connecticut lab helped work on the COVID-19 vaccine that the company said has proved 90 percent effective against the virus in a large-scale trial.

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Susan Proctor, 76, lives in subsidized senior housing in Wilton. Although she’s called it home for 10 years, she has found it very confining. 

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The confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett may be a threat to women’s reproductive rights and health. The first case she is set to hear on Nov. 10 will determine whether the Affordable Care Act continues on. 

Governor Ned Lamont says authorities will continue to crack down on businesses that violate coronavirus protocols, after a Fairfield bar and restaurant was shut down over the weekend.

Police say the Brickyard Pub had a crowd that exceeded capacity and many patrons weren’t wearing masks. Lamont noted Monday the pub is in a town which is seeing spike in COVID-19 cases.

"These are bars masquerading as restaurants," he told reporters. "They are flagrantly disregarding the protocols and they lead up to an outbreak."

There are now 11 towns in Connecticut classified as being in COVID “red zones” -- that is they have more than 15 cases per 100,000 residents. When Governor Ned Lamont introduced the system last week, there were only four towns in that category.

Lamont said at his Thursday coronavirus briefing his administration plans to release the names of the towns that are red zones every week. Towns in these red zones are allowed to roll back to Phase two of reopening, or consider all-remote learning in their school districts.

Connecticut's coronavirus positivity rate has reached its highest level since June. Governor Ned Lamont said Tuesday over the past 24 hours it has jumped to 2.4 percent.

Yale epidemiologist Dr. Albert Ko said although there is a noticeable spike in the state’s positivity rate, he doesn’t anticipate COVID to spread like wildfire as it did this spring. He told reporters at the official coronavirus briefing, right now the state is working to control smaller spikes, or what he called brush fires.

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Gov. Ned Lamont visited New London on Monday as the area continues to see a spike in COVID-19 cases. Health officials say they have increased testing there, but cases have yet to drop. The city’s positivity rate is hovering close to 3%.

During his testimony today at the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Senator Richard Blumenthal told the story of a 10-year-old from Ridgefield who he says relies on the Affordable Care Act.

Blumenthal says Connor Curran suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and relies on Obamacare to survive.

On the day Connecticut began phase three of reopening, Governor Ned Lamont announced that towns with high COVID infection rates will soon have the option to roll back to phase two. Lamont announced during his coronavirus briefing the adminstration will update the list of eligible towns every Thursday.

Towns could stay in Phase 2 until they get below 15 cases per 100,000 people over a two-week average. It would be up to elected officials in those towns to decide to move back to phase two or continue with phase three.

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Thursday marked Phase 3 of reopening in Connecticut, allowing restaurants to increase indoor dining capacity to 75% and permitting venues -- for the first time since March -- to host indoor events, like weddings, of up to 100 people. 

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City officials in Waterbury say they are in the middle of a significant resurgence of the coronavirus after 60 positive cases in a two-day period.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but doctors are worried that there is less awareness this year because of the pandemic -- and that could be deadly, they say.

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Norwich Public Schools along with Norwich Free Academy will return to remote learning for two weeks because of a spike in coronavirus cases in the area. Town and health officials held a press conference Thursday after the COVID-19 positivity rate spiked to six percent. 

Clinical staff members coronavirus drive-through test
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Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday that COVID-19 hospitalizations have climbed to over 100 for the first time since June, prompting officials to announce new initiatives to combat the rising coronavirus infection rate.

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Students in Darien returned to the classroom full time Tuesday after a month of hybrid learning, despite a request from teachers to wait a few more weeks. They say there isn’t enough space for all students to learn safely.

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