Connecticut Democratic governor's holiday party leads to COVID outbreak

Ned Lamont’s office did not confirm whether the governor and his wife wore masks at the party.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont
Gov. Ned Lamont (D-Conn.), whose state ranks last in financial health as measured by taxpayer burden.
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Gov. Ned Lamont (D-Conn.) hosted a holiday party earlier this month at his home that led to a "small number" of guests testing positive for COVID-19, the governor's office acknoledges.

Both the governor and his wife Annie Lamont have tested negative multiple times since the Dec. 11 party, the governor's communications director Max Reiss told CT Insider.

All party attendees were required to provide proof of COVID vaccination and a negative test, Reiss said. 

“In the week that followed, the Lamonts were informed that a small number of attendees had tested positive for COVID-19,” Reiss stated.

Reiss did not confirm whether the Connecticut governor and first lady wore masks, nor did he state how many guests attended.

Connecticut recently rolled out digital COVID vaccination cards. Last month, Lamont stated he believes that unboosted people are not fully vaccinated. "If you were vaccinated more than six months ago, you're not fully vaccinated," he said.

More than 87% of Connecticut residents have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.