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Evacuations underway in Hartford due to gas line ruptureHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Partial evacuations are underway along a couple of streets in Hartford because of a gas line rupture. According to police, the evacuations are happening along Albany Avenue and Vine Street. Gas line rupture, Albany Ave/Vine Street. Partial evacuations occurring. Vine St closed between Mather St to Albany Ave. -LT. PC <a href=""></a>&mdash; Hartford Police CT (@HartfordPolice) <a href="">September 29, 2020</a> Vine Street is closed between Mather Street and Albany Avenue. No other details were released. Refresh this page and watch Channel 3 for updates.
Heavy rain, thunder, wind possible later tonightHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Rain and wind are on the way starting Tuesday night. A wind advisory was issued for Windham and Tolland counties from 11 p.m. Tuesday until 8 p.m. Wednesday, and for New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties from 11 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Meteorologist Mark Dixon said it's the result of an approaching cold front. Channel 3 declared an Early Warning Weather Alert. "While there could be shower later [Tuesday] evening, the main event with heavy rain, wind and possibly thunder is after midnight and toward daybreak," Dixon said. "The rain is desperately needed given our drought situation." Too much rain, however, could lead to some poor drainage flooding. There's also a concern for hydroplaning. High temperatures should range from 75 to 80 degrees. Low temperatures will be in the 60s and it's expected to be a muggy night. Rain, downpours and possible thunder may linger into Wednesday morning. "By the time it is done by noon [Wednesday], parts of the state could get 1-2 inches of rain, with isolated areas getting as much as 3 inches," Dixon said. Additionally, the reason for the wind advisory is because the passage of the front will cause wind gusts of between 40 and 50 mph. The sky is expected to become partly-sunny Wednesday afternoon. "Behind the front [Wednesday], it switches to the northwest and filters drier air into the state," Dixon said. Temperatures will be in the low-to-mid 70s. The evening will be partly-cloudy with lows between 50 and 55. Thursday appears to be dry and pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. "Friday, we’ll see more clouds than sun with a chance for scattered showers," Dixon said. "It will be cooler with highs in the 60s." Any rain is expected to end by Friday night. The upcoming weekend looks unseasonably cool with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Both days appear to be dry. Any rain that arrives this week will help the drought situation. It's been 19 days since any kind of measurable rainfall. Conditions ranged from abnormally dry in southwestern Connecticut to severe or extreme drought conditions in portions of northern and eastern Connecticut. Read the complete technical discussion <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. For weather updates on smartphones and tablets, head <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> or text "WFSB" to 23765 to download the Channel 3 app.
CDC releases guidelines for Thanksgiving celebrations(WFSB) -- As many are starting to plan for the upcoming holiday season, the Centers for Disease control has issued guidelines when it comes to celebrations. Thanksgiving is just under two months away, and the CDC says it’s best to stay home this year, instead of traveling to visit family. The CDC recommends that people consider having small dinners for only those in their households, or have a virtual dinner with friends and family. Also included on the CDC’s list of “low risk activities,” is shopping online, as opposed to shopping in stores on Thanksgiving or Black Friday. It also recommends watching sporting events, parades, and movies from home. The CDC broke down what it considers to be low, moderate, and higher risk: Lower risk activities Having a small dinner with only people who live in your householdPreparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with othersHaving a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and familyShopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next MondayWatching sports events, parades, and movies from home Moderate risk activities Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your communityLower your risk by following CDC’s recommendations on hosting gatherings or cook-outs.Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancingAttending a small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place Higher risk activities Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after ThanksgivingParticipating or being a spectator at a crowded raceAttending crowded paradesUsing alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviorsAttending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household See more from the CDC by <a href="" target="_blank">clicking here</a>.
Waterbury Arts Magnet School moves to online learning after positive COVID caseWATERBURY, CT (WFSB) – Waterbury Arts Magnet School students will be remote learning until Sept. 30 after a positive COVID-19 case. Waterbury Superintendent Dr. Verna Ruffin said the district was notified that a staff member from Waterbury Arts Magnet School tested positive on Monday night. In-person classes will resume for the school on October 1. “Per the District’s established protocol, the city’s Contact Tracing Team was engaged immediately. The team is identifying close contacts and the appropriate notifications are being made. The school will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly as per defined protocol. We assure you that we are taking the steps necessary to protect the health of our students and staff,” Dr. Ruffin said. The staff member who tested positive has been instructed to stay home and quarantine for 10 days, according to the district.
Driver arrested for going 99 mph on Route 5SOUTH WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) - South Windsor police said they stopped a man who was driving 99 mph on Route 5. Dalvin Roberts, 25, of Hartford, was spotted on Saturday speeding in the area of Route 5 south and Interstate 291. Police said they conducted a traffic stop during which Roberts admitted to drinking alcohol before driving. Roberts failed standardized field sobriety tests, officers said. He was taken into custody without incident. Roberts was charged with reckless driving and operating under the influence. He was released on a $1,500 bond and given a court date of Oct. 5 in Manchester.
Man found sleeping in van he stole from UConn, police saySOUTH WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) - A man faces charges after police in South Windsor said they found him asleep in a van stolen from the University of Connecticut. Josue Pinto, 39, of New Britain, was arrested on Monday after a construction manager found the van at a site on Hemlock Avenue in South Windsor. The manager reported that a man was sleeping in a blue Dodge caravan with a "UConn" logo on it. Officers arrived on the scene and identified the suspect as Pinto. Pinto admitted to police that he entered an office on UConn's Storrs campus, took keys and fled in the van. Police confirmed that the van was reported stolen and that UConn police were actively investigating the incident. Pinto was charged with second-degree larceny and held on a $5,000 surety bond. He was given a court date of Tuesday in Rockville.
Man accused of stealing dead man's vehicleMILFORD, CT (WFSB) - A man is accused of stealing a car from a dead man in Milford. According to Milford police, 59-year-old Melvin Person of Stratford was found to be connected to a vehicle that was taken from the Devon Motel back on Oct. 5, 2019. Police said they responded to the motel for a report of an unresponsive man who was was later pronounced dead. They said the death was not a homicide. Over the course of the investigation, police said they found that the dead man's vehicle was missing. It was later found. DNA in it linked to Person. Police obtained an arrest warrant for him. Person turned himself in on Saturday and was charged with third-degree larceny. He was released on a promise to appear in Milford Superior Court on Nov. 2.
The US ranks at the top of the world's coronavirus death toll of more than 1 million(CNN) - The global Covid-19 death toll has crossed one million -- and the United States accounts for more than 20%. It took less than eight months to go from the first reported coronavirus-related death in Wuhan, China, on January 9 to a global death toll of 1,001,800 on early Tuesday morning, according to <a href="" target="_blank">data from Johns Hopkins University</a>. The US has been hit hard by the virus, with <a href="" target="_blank">more than 7.1 million reported infections</a> and 205,085 deaths. And with recent spikes in cases, health experts warn things could soon get worse in the US. Only 20 states are holding steady when it comes to the average of daily new cases compared to last week, while 23 are reporting more: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Seven states show downward trends in new cases -- Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia. <a href="" target="_blank">Track cases in your state</a> With fall and winter soon driving people indoors and bringing flu season with it, experts say Americans will need to be consistent with following recommended guidelines. Mask wearing, social distancing and avoiding large crowds will be key, experts say, along with authorities increasing testing as infections surge again. The <a href="" target="_blank">US currently ranks highest</a> on the total number of reported coronavirus deaths worldwide and sixth per 100,000 people. Johns Hopkins' tally shows the US, Brazil, India and Mexico account for more than 50% of the deaths worldwide. Some states fight spikes while others ease restrictions As trends vary across the US, some local leaders are stepping back toward normal while others are clamping down on efforts to combat the virus' spread. Chicago bars, restaurants, gyms and personal services will be allowed to expand service on October 1, due to "sufficient progress in the fight against Covid-19," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday. "Over the past six months, we have asked so much of our business community. But each time, our businesses have stepped up to the plate," Lightfoot said in a press release Monday. "This next step in our reopening is good news for business owners as well as the communities they serve and the thousands of residents that work for them." And California, a state hit hard by the pandemic, is seeing coronavirus positivity rate, hospitalizations and new cases trending downward, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday -- but he cautioned that numbers could pick back up if residents don't remain vigilant. Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state would be releasing guidance early this week to reopen "covid safe" homeless shelters, noting a rise in cases among homeless encampments. Cases are also rising at an "alarming" rate in parts of Brooklyn and Queens, the New York City Department of Health said. Nearby, New Jersey is set to receive 2.6 million rapid coronavirus tests from the federal government to help fight spikes in cases. Coronavirus and children Children account for about 10% of coronavirus cases, but people should still pay attention to virus spread in that age group, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday. "Children do get infected. And we'd better be careful about just dismissing infection in children," Fauci told CNN's Brian Stelter, adding, "It is unclear the degree to which they transmit" the virus. Some studies suggest they don't do it as "efficiently" as adults, said Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. "But it's an evolving situation," and "you have got to keep an open mind when it comes to an issue like what the role of children is in transmission." The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report Monday that said Covid-19 among adolescents ages 12 to 17 was almost double the cases in children ages 5 to 11. The report included data on 277,285 laboratory-confirmed cases among school-age children in the US from March 1 to September 19. Among those cases, 37% were in children ages 5 to 11 and 63% were in adolescents. The data might underestimate the true incidence of disease among school-age children, as testing was often prioritized for people with symptoms, and those without may not have been tested, the researchers noted. CNN's Holly Yan, Gregory Lemos, Kristina Sgueglia, Cheri Mossburg, Shelby Lin Erdman and Mirna Alshariff contributed to this report.
Trump's Supreme Court pick on Capitol Hill for meeting with GOP senators(CNN) - President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, will meet Republican senators throughout Tuesday on Capitol Hill, as the party finalizes plans for a quick confirmation process ahead of the November presidential election. Barrett is scheduled to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and a slate of GOP lawmakers on the panel, including Chuck Grassley of iowa, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Rick Scott of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas, John Thune of South Dakota and Mike Lee of Utah. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Vice President Mike Pence will join McConnell when he meets with Barrett Tuesday morning. The Capitol Hill visit takes place just days after Trump nominated Barrett to succeed the late <a href="" target="_blank">Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg</a> and underscores the speed with which GOP lawmakers have rallied behind her as they push to cement a 6-3 conservative tilt on the high court. Barrett was appointed by Trump to the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017 and advocates on the right have backed her nomination because of her writings on faith and the law. Democrats, however, have launched a forceful case against Barrett in recent days, labeling support for her confirmation as equivalent to a vote to end the Affordable Care Act. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said at a news conference Sunday that Barrett's nomination process has been "illegitimate," adding that he would not meet with her because she has "already stated that she is for overturning the ACA." In preparation for the confirmation battle, both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have expanded their teams by nearly 20 people over the last week. Tom Mentzer, a spokesman for Democrats on the panel, said "additional counsels are being brought on to help vet the candidate." So far, Democrats have brought on eight additional counsels and more are possible. A GOP committee aide told CNN that Republicans have added an additional 10 attorneys and staff members to help with the vetting. Over the next several days, aides will be reviewing Barrett's legal opinions and awaiting the arrival of her questionnaire. While it's customary to bring in outside help, the expansion is also an important reminder of how much work it takes for a nomination to unfold just weeks ahead of a presidential election. Graham said Sunday that the Judiciary Committee will approve Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court on October 22, setting up a <a href="" target="_blank">full Senate vote</a> to by the end of the month. "So, we'll start on October 12, and more than half of the Supreme Court justices who have had hearings were done within 16 days or less," <a href="" target="_blank">Graham said on Fox News.</a> "We'll have a day of introduction. We'll have two days of questioning, Tuesday and Wednesday, and on the 15th we'll begin to markup, we'll hold it over for a week, and we'll report her nomination out of the committee on October 22," he continued. "Then it will be up to McConnell as to what to do with the nomination once it comes out of committee." CNN's Pamela Brown, Manu Raju, Lauren Fox and Devan Cole contributed to this report.
Feds to ship millions of tests in bid to reopen K-12 schoolsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Monday that the federal government will begin distributing millions of rapid coronavirus tests to states this week and urged governors to use them to reopen schools for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The move to vastly expand U.S. testing comes as confirmed new COVID-19 cases remain elevated at more than 40,000 per day and experts warn of a likely surge in infections during the colder months ahead. It also comes just five weeks before the November election, with Trump facing continued criticism for his handling of the crisis. The tests will go out to states based on their population and can be used as governors see fit, but the Trump administration is encouraging states to place a priority on schools. White House officials said at a Rose Garden event that 6.5 million tests will go out this week and that a total of 100 million tests will be distributed to governors over the next several weeks. Officials said the administration is emphasizing testing in schools because it’s important to the physical, social and emotional development of students to be back in classrooms to the degree that’s possible. The Abbott Laboratories tests would allow parents to know whether their symptomatic child has COVID-19. In some cases, states could undertake some baseline surveillance, like testing a proportion of students per week or per month to make sure that the incidence of COVID-19 is low. “You have too many states that are locked down right now,” Trump said. “The governors are ... nobody knows what the governors are doing actually.” The tests will come from a previously announced supply of 150 million ordered from Abbott. The company's rapid test, the size of a credit card, is the first that does not require specialty computer equipment to process. It delivers results in about 15 minutes. Rapid, convenient testing is considered essential to reopening the U.S. economy. But the effort has been plagued by problems since the earliest days of the outbreak. First, the government lost pivotal weeks distributing, then correcting a flawed test developed by U.S. scientists. Then, for months private labs and hospitals struggled to ramp up testing capacity due to shortages of key supplies, including testing chemicals. The issue is politically sensitive for Trump as he grapples with the pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans. For months, Trump has prodded state and local leaders to open schools this fall. Only in the last two months has U.S. testing capacity generally exceeded demand. The government’s top testing official, Adm. Brett Giroir, told Congress last week that the nation will soon have the capacity to run 3 million tests per day, on average. The U.S. has been averaging about 900,000 tests per day, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project. Giroir demonstrated the ease with which the test is given, self-administering the nasal swab then placing it on a piece of paper that contained six drops of liquid. “This is a very sophisticated little piece of cardboard with lots of antibodies and incredible technology," he said. Abbott’s test is an important advance because of its low cost and easy-to-use format. Until now, the vast majority of coronavirus tests had to be sent to high-grade medical laboratories for processing that typically took several days. Backlogs led to repeated delays in reporting results, especially during a summer spike in cases. But rapid, point-of-care tests like Abbott's have their own downsides. They are less accurate, and positive results often need to be confirmed with higher-grade lab tests. Additionally, because the tests are often performed outside the health care system, state officials have warned that many tests are going unreported. That could lead to undercounts of new cases, skewing government data needed to track the virus. “What we’re hearing from the states is that they don’t know where these tests are being done,” said Dr. Jeffrey Engel of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, in a recent interview. He warned that schools generally do not have the capacity or expertise to report mass testing results, which could artificially lower infection counts sent to state and federal officials. Trump warned that with an increase in testing, there would “automatically" be an increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. “It’s important to remember that as younger and healthier people return to work and as we massively increase testing capacity, we will identify more cases in asymptomatic individuals in low-risk populations," Trump said. “This should not cause undue alarm." The tests from Abbott are being made in two factories, one in Illinois and one in Maine. The company is in a ramping-up phase. The federal government bought the first 150 million, and it will take the rest of the year to completely fill that order. After that, the administration will decide whether the government should purchase more or whether the free market can determine adequate distribution. The nonprofit Rockefeller Foundation says the U.S. will need roughly 200 million tests per month to safely reopen schools as part of a broader phased approach to easing restrictions, according to a paper issued earlier this month. The report authors noted that the U.S. is currently averaging fewer than 30 million tests per month. Despite the gap, Rockefeller's director, Dr. Jonathan Quick, called Monday’s announcement “an exciting and very significant step.” He added that states will need sustained funding and testing supplies “for the foreseeable future.” The Trump administration announced earlier this month that the Abbott tests would also go to assisted-living facilities, moving to fill a testing gap for older adults who do not need the constant attention of a nursing home. Senior day care centers and home health agencies are getting the tests too. Long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living, account for a sliver of the U.S. population but more than 40% of deaths from COVID-19.