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Guests test positive for COVID-19 after Gov. Lamont's holiday party

Governor Ned Lamont delivers his budget address to the General Assembly.
Ryan Caron King
Connecticut Public Radio

Gov. Ned Lamont and his wife, Annie, hosted their annual holiday party at their Greenwich home on Dec. 11. And the following week, “a small number of attendees” said they tested positive for COVID-19, Lamont’s communications director confirmed.

Max Reiss told WNPR the Lamonts tested regularly after the event, and that each result was negative.

There’s no official word on whether the attendees were asked to wear masks. Reiss said all Greenwich guests had to show proof of full vaccination and negative test results to get into the party.

The Dec. 11 party came about a week after the omicron variant of the coronavirus was detected in New York.

The number of coronavirus cases has risen in Connecticut in the days since the gathering, forcing the cancellation of holiday tours of the Governor’s Residence in Hartford for the second year in a row. Lamont said he and Annie decided to hold a virtual holiday event.

Lamont appears in this year’s video on a fully masked tour with a small group of children who live in the Hartford area. Reiss said the children’s visit happened Dec. 8, before the private holiday party in Greenwich.

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