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Two Newtown residents test positive for COVID-19 variant first found in California

108 of Connecticut's 169 municipalities are in the state's Red Alert Zone for high community spread of COVID-19.  Most of the Greater Danbury area is reporting more than 15 cases per 100,000 population.  Bridgewater, Kent and Warren are in the lowest alert zone.

Connecticut has stepped up genomic testing of COVID-19 results.

A Norwalk resident has been identified as the first case in Connecticut of a COVID-19 variant first detected in California. Three positive results of another California variant were also detected in two Newtown residents and one from Griswold.  A Guilford resident tested positive for the state's first case of a strain first found in Brazil. 

There have been a total now of 283 cases detected of the so-called U.K. variant and 7 cases of the South African strain, including one each in Danbury and New Milford.