Connecticut is currently trending at a 0.8% positivity rate for Covid-19 and is well within the self-imposed metrics to reopen schools in two weeks, Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday.
In a news conference, Lamont said the seven-day average per 100,000 people is the key metric he is using to evaluate safely reopening schools. As of Thursday, that statewide percentage stood at 2.1 new cases per 100,000 population.
The “breakpoint” for positivity would be 10 new cases per 100,000, Lamont said, at which point the state would have to reconsider reopening.
Part of the state’s phase three plan for reopening includes schools and colleges, but Lamont said there are “no plans” for implementing the other portion, which includes increasing capacity in restaurants and bars.
Connecticut will extend its eviction freeze until Oct. 1 and will increase rent relief for landlords to negotiate with tenants, Lamont said.