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The confirmation of 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 November 10 will determine if 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. 

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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.

A man in a hazmat suit represents the first COVID-19 testing site.
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To close out the annual Stamford Innovation Week, community members say they had to get creative in COVID times to bring people together safely to celebrate. A group of 30 transformed three floors of a parking garage into a drive-thru interactive art exhibit. 

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Before what ended up being a 4 1/2-hour meeting Wednesday night, Darien teachers rallied outside the Board of Education building, urging the district to reconsider a proposal to bring all students back to full-time in-person learning on Tuesday.

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It’s been seven months since a large event like a wedding has been permitted indoors in Connecticut. Jonathan Jennings, executive vice president of the Connecticut Wedding Group, said it’s time to change that. 

 

Crowd gathers in Stamford to remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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More than 100 people gathered in front of the Stamford courthouse Sunday to remember Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at 87 years old. 

Heat lamps are up at Milestone in Redding for outdoor dining this fall
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As the seasons begin to change and the weather gets colder, restaurant owners are urging Gov. Ned Lamont to expand indoor dining and provide broader guidelines for indoor events. Otherwise, some say they won’t survive.

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Some COVID-19 patients recover from the virus relatively quickly, but others have to deal with lingering or even new symptoms months after battling the virus. Ellie Stevenson of Norwalk says she is what’s called a long hauler.

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At a groundbreaking for a new development in Berlin Wednesday, Gov. Ned Lamont was greeted by protesters, making for some uncomfortable moments at the accompanying news conference.

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Connecticut Attorney General William Tong announced Monday the state is taking on one of the world’s biggest oil companies, suing ExxonMobil for allegedly lying to consumers about climate change. At a news conference in New Haven, Tong contended the company has known for the past 70 years that its products were contributing to climate change.

CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini is surrounded by students during an interview as hundreds of high school student-athletes, parents and coaches protested outside the offices of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference.
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Though the state Department of Public Health has not reversed its decision that effectively banned high school football this fall, CIAC director Glenn Lungarini said he was pleased with how Friday’s three-hour discussion with officials went. 

Connecticut residents gather to at the 9-11 Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park
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Kimberly Gardner clutched a picture of her husband Christopher Thursday evening.   He was 37 at the time of the attacks on the World Trade Center living in Darien. He died trying to help others get out of 2 World Trade where he worked. Gardner, at a memorial at Sherwood Island State Park, said her children were just two and three years old when her husband died. 

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The physical symptoms of coronavirus are well known by now. But there's another effect that doctors are beginning to find in COVID-19 patients; depression and anxiety.

Newington resident Kathy Flaherty was already diagnosed with both. She started experiencing COVID symptoms in March.

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High school football players and their parents from across the state are urging the governing body of high school sports to change course and allow for a football season this year.

Westhill High School volleyball team practices outside for fall season
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The CIAC decided to cancel full-contact high school football for the season, but other high school coaches in Connecticut are holding out hope that their student-athletes will get to play this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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McDonald’s workers at service plazas along I-95 celebrated a victory Thursday, receiving thousands of dollars in back pay from their franchise owner. 

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State public health officials say violations at a Norwich nursing home are presenting “imminent harm” to the lives of staff and patients. So far, 21 residents and five staff members of Three Rivers Nursing Home have been infected with COVID-19. Three residents have died and one is hospitalized. 

A street in Hamden is blocked off. Severe storms Thursday knocked out power for about 30,000 electric customers.
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Governor Lamont declared a state of emergency Friday afternoon after surveying damage from a severe thunderstorm Thursday night. Maps provided by United Illuminating show that much of the damage was concentrated in Hamden, North Branford, North Haven and East Haven. The storm has not been confirmed as a tornado. 

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Fresh out of an Infinity Fitness gym class, you would never know the battle Kristina Gregory fought just a few months ago. 

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