Connecticut has seen a notable increase in coronavirus rates among 10 to 19 year olds, Gov. Ned Lamont said at a news conference on Thursday.
He said the rates have “doubled.”
Lamont blamed the spike on kids drinking and partying, and cited the potential risks to other families and teachers, if or when kids return to school. He went on to say that parents need to make sure their children are following safe protocols.
"The power of shame is greater than anything I can do by edict or punishment," the governor said.
On schools: Lamont also said he is leaving it up to school districts to determine what they want to do with respect to in-person or hybridized learning, with a likely emphasis on more in-person schooling for younger kids.
Any school or district that wishes to opt out of any in-person schooling will have to present its case before the education commissioner, he said.
Lamont said there have been at least six new deaths since the last update and approximately 13 new hospitalizations.