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Newtown moves into Conn. Dept. Health 'red zone' for COVID-19 community spread

73 municipalities are currently in the red zone, the highest of the state’s four alert levels for COVID-19 community spread.  Newtown and Easton are in the red.  With 60 cases in the last two weeks in Newtown, that works out to 15.4 per 100,000 population and just over the 15 case threshold to be in the red. 

Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston and Wilton are at the 2nd highest alert level, orange.  Danbury and Bethel are all in the yellow with each municipality reporting about 9.6 cases per 100,000 population over two weeks. In the grey zone, the lowest level for community spread, are Bridgewater, Kent, Roxbury, Sherman, and Washington. 

Danbury's two week rolling average COVID-19 infection rate is 3.4 percent, up from the week before at 2.7 percent.  The City recorded 114 cases in the last two weeks ending August 19th.  About 3,700 COVID tests were taken during that time.  During the previous two week reporting period, 90 cases out of about 2,300 tests were reported in Danbury.

New Milford leaders are holding off on an indoor mask mandate for public places, regardless of vaccination status.  Mayor Pete Bass and Health Director Lisa Morrissey say the data does not warrant it at this time.  Bass says hospitalizations in Litchfield County continue to be low, and despite being in the 2nd highest alert level for community spread, New Milford's infection rate is 3.2 percent, which is slightly lower than Danbury.  New Milford reported 44 COVID cases over the last two weeks.

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