COVID-19 UPDATE Oct. 29

Coronavirus image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Coronavirus image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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According to data released on Thursday, Oct. 29 by the state, Connecticut now has 70,446 cases total as of Oct. 28. The state’s report notes that, from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 1,319 new cases of COVID were diagnosed. The state’s positivity rate has topped six percent.

From Oct. 11 to October 24, these were the amount of new cases of COVID diagnosed in our coverage area:
WINSTED: 2
TORRINGTON: 62
BARKHAMSTED: 3
COLEBROOK: 2
NEW HARTFORD: 7
NORFOLK: 1

Batcheller School closed
WINSTED — On Oct. 29, Superintendent of schools Melony Brady-Shanley announced that Batcheller School will be closed until Wednesday, Nov. 4 due to two new positive cases of COVID-19. Brady-Shanley posted on the school district’s Facebook page that parents would be picking up students early on Oct. 29. “I will reassess the situation with the Torrington Area Health District as we gather more information in the short term,” Bradley-Shanley wrote. “All other Winchester Public Schools remain open and have no cause for concern. Over the course of the day, we will work on contact tracing and reaching out directly to those that are potentially impacted. I will be in contact with families again by the end of the day with further information.”
This is the third identified COVID-19 case in the district. Previously on Oct. 20, Brady-Shanley announced a positive case.

Torrington under “Level Orange”
TORRINGTON — Mayor Elinor Carbone announced on her Facebook page that, due to the city having an uptick in the number of positive tests (10 to 14 positive tests per 100,000), the state’s Department of Public Health has declared the city as being under “Level Orange.”
“This is my all-call to Torrington residents; let’s be the first municipality to move out of Orange and back into Yellow!” Carbone wrote on her Facebook page. “I urge everyone to implement the 3W’s into your daily routine: ‘Wear your Mask, Wash your hands and Watch your distance.’ Together, we can do this!

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