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New Fairfield reporting breakthrough COVID-19 cases

Like most of the country, Connecticut and New Fairfield are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases.  In June, New Fairfield had fewer than 5 cases, but in the past three weeks, the town has had 12 new cases and the case rate has climbed to  3.1 per 100,000 population.  The town's test positivity rate is 2.3-percent.    First Selectman Pat Del Monaco says New Fairfield's vaccination rate is below the state average and the lowest among surrounding towns.  Although much lower than at the peak in the spring, she says the upward trend is concerning.  While the majority of new cases are occurring in unvaccinated people, there are also a few breakthrough cases in vaccinated residents.  Del Monaco urged those who are unvaccinated to wear a mask and practice social distancing.   The delta variant is responsible for 80% of current cases in Connecticut and is reported 60-percent more transmissible than other variants.