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Gov. Ned Lamont (ctnewsjunkie file photo)

HARTFORD, CT — Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 continued to decline Sunday to 149 and only nine more deaths were reported, bringing the total to 4,260, according to Gov. Ned Lamont’s office.

The daily statistical update from Lamont’s office showed that the number of cases of COVID-19 grew by only 40.

Of the 149 hospitalizations, 53 were in Fairfield County, 44 were in Hartford County, and 37 were in New Haven County. Middlesex County had 9, New London County had four, Windham County and Litchfield County each had one, and Tolland County had none.

Fairfield, Hartford and New Haven counties continue to have the highest death tolls in Connecticut. More than 2,700 or 64% of fatalities have occurred in nursing homes, according to state statistics.

The drop in hospitalizations comes at the same time as the state continues to reopen and loosen restrictions.

Indoor dining, nail salons, gym and fitness centers, and hotels were allowed to open for business last week as the state moved into phase two.

On Monday some summer camps will be allowed to open in Connecticut under new guidelines that will require smaller groups and temperature checks for both staff and children.

The third phase of reopening will include bars and indoor event spaces.

Last week, Lamont announced that he’s loosening restrictions around personal gatherings to 25 indoors and 100 outdoors. Outdoor graduations will remain at 150 starting July 6.

Lamont has said they might expand the allowable number for outdoor gatherings to 250 in mid-July.

According to COVIDexitstrategy.org, which is run by a group of public health and crisis experts, Connecticut is in the green, which means its positivity rating is decreasing.