NORTH BRANFORD, CT — A coronavirus outbreak involving the highly contagious United Kingdom strain was linked to a large family gathering in North Branford, officials said Monday.
The outbreak led to the quarantine of the North Branford High School hockey team.
“While positive cases of COVID-19 have been decreasing since the large increase after the holidays, we need to remind our residents to stay vigilant, especially in light of the COVID-19 variant that is now present in Connecticut,” Michael Pascucilla, director of Public Health for the East Shore District Health Department, said in a statement.
He added it should serve as a reminder for people to reconsider plans for gatherings for the Super Bowl this weekend and St. Patrick’s Day next month.
“We are in a position where we are starting to see some hope with the number of vaccinations on the rise,” Pascucilla said. “While we thank our community for their assistance in following the COVID-19 precautions, we will only be successful if all people remain diligent in following the recommendations to slow the spread of the virus. These measures will help protect our community against a widespread outbreak.”
He emphasized the importance of social distancing, wearing a mask and limiting interaction with those outside your home.
The news came as coronavirus infection rates dipped in the state and Gov. Ned Lamont eased some restrictions.
On Monday, the state reported 3,941 new coronavirus cases, 73 deaths and a 3.86 percent positive test rate over the past three days. The seven-day positive test rate average dipped below 4 percent for the first time in months, Lamont said.
Lamont said Monday he will eliminate the 100-person cap on religious ceremonies and push back the restaurant curfew from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.