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Officials wait to see if lifting COVID restrictions lead to surge of infections

Outdoor pandemic restrictions were lifted in Connecticut over the weekend, with nearly every COVID-related mandate ending in two and a half weeks.  While experts have said outdoors is safer than indoors, there are questions about what happens if there's a surge of infections like there was in Danbury, New Milford and Brookfield at various times during this health emergency.  Governor Ned Lamont has reinforcements would be brought in.

Months ago when there was a spike in Danbury, more testing and track and trace capability was brought to the City.  If there's a surge now, it will instead be a vaccination initiative.

Lamont says Connecticut is a small state so they haven't changed restrictions town by town.  He doesn't think those extra measures will be necessary, noting that 72 out of 169 municipalities are out of the Red Alert Zone, the state's highest level of COVID community spread.

Lamont says the success Connecticut has had with the vaccination program has been the driving factor to easing restrictions.  He says that's the most important thing to keep going forward.

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