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Hartford Prison Reports COVID-19 Outbreak

Connecticut prison officials are monitoring a coronavirus outbreak at a Hartford jail where 56 inmates recently tested positive after two staff members contracted the virus.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Karen Martucci said Thursday that all 56 inmates are not showing symptoms and are separated from the general population. All the infected prisoners were detained in the units where the two employees worked. The jail is on lockdown for cleaning.

Also Thursday, Connecticut's statewide positive test rate for the virus dipped to 1.3%, down from 2% and higher earlier in the week. But Gov. Ned Lamont says many communities are seeing increased cases.

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