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Regional governors urge college student COVID-19 testing before Thanksgiving break

The University of Connecticut reported 56 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

That is the highest single-day total reported since the school began testing. It comes just two days before students head home for Thanksgiving and the school switches to remote learning for the remainder of the fall semester.

The school says 16 of those cases involved residential students and 40 were people who live off-campus, including two employees.

UConn says it will continue to provide housing for students who are in quarantine or isolation during the Thanksgiving break.

The news comes as Gov. Ned Lamont joined other regional governors in urging residential colleges and universities to provide testing for all students before they head home for Thanksgiving.

A second coronavirus testing center is opening at Bradley International Airport.

This one, run by Hartford HealthCare will be a drive-thru facility and will be open to the entire community, not just airline passengers.

The temporary center is being put up in an airport parking lot and will be open every day beginning Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Customers do not need an appointment, pre-registration or a doctor’s order and do not have to leave their vehicles.

The existing site, located near baggage claim, is open only to ticketed passengers.


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