The number of state employees flouting Gov. Ned Lamont\u2019s order to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing more than doubled over the last two weeks, the administration said Friday, even as the overall percentage of fully vaccinated workers rose slightly. A total of 1,482 workers \u2014 roughly 5 percent of the state\u2019s 30,623 executive branch employees \u2014 were not in compliance with Lamont\u2019s vaccine mandate, according to the latest data released Friday. That\u2019s up from 671 non-compliant workers listed in the administration\u2019s last report on Oct. 7. The spike in non-compliance was largely driven by unvaccinated employees who failed to submit proper proof of weekly testing. The vast majority of state workers have chosen to comply with Lamont\u2019s order by getting vaccinated. That number rose even higher this month, going from 78.5 percent of workers on Oct. 7 to 80.8 percent as of Friday\u2019s report. \u201cThe majority of employees who are not in compliance at the moment are due to incomplete or late testing result submissions and have indicated to us that they are in the process of getting that rectified,\u201d said David Bednarz, a spokesman for Lamont. \u201cWhen those temporary situations are rectified, we anticipate more than 99 percent will be in compliance.\u201d Lamont has backed up his order by placing veteran workers on unpaid leave for refusing to comply as well as firing workers who are within their six-month probationary period. His administration clarified on Friday that 22 probationary workers have been fired, down from the 28 cited last week due to an error that caused six employees to be included in the count who were fired for reasons other than non-compliance with the vaccine mandate. There were 29 veteran employees on unpaid leave for non-compliance Friday \u2014 up from 14 last week \u2014 and another 70 employees who were in the process of being placed on unpaid leave. The state also announced Friday another 453 Connecticut residents had tested positive for the virus, with a daily positivity rate of 1.79 percent. There were 211 people hospitalized Friday with COVID, a net decrease of 13 patients. While the number of daily coronavirus infections in Connecticut have waned slightly since August, when Lamont first announced the vaccine mandate for state employees, health experts this week said it was still too soon to begin easing up on other public safety precautions such as indoor mask wearing. State hospital employees and workers at long-term care facilities were not given the option to forgo vaccination in lieu of weekly testing, unless they have a religious or medical exemption. The data released by the Lamont administration on Friday showed that agency workers in those categories \u2014 such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Developmental Services \u2014 were vaccinated at a rate of 86 percent, and that 4 percent were out of compliance with the mandate. State agencies with the highest rates of non-compliant workers included the Department of Correction and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection \u2014 each at 9 percent \u2014 as well as the Department of Education and Connecticut Technical Education and Career Systems, at 7 percent. The Office of Early Childhood Education, with 118 employees, was the only executive branch agency to report complete compliance with the governor\u2019s mandate.