Community announcements Nov. 30

Hospital reinstates visitor restrictions
TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE — Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) will be updating its visitor policy and restricting visitors to its Inpatient Units, including the Behavioral Health Unit, ICU, and Emergency Department due to rising COVID 19 infections. The move is an additional safety precaution until further notice. Please note there will be exceptions for end of life care and for patients who require an escort during surgical and diagnostic procedures or for outpatient visits in the Hospital building.
This policy change applies to the Main Hospital building and Emergency Department only. The CHH campus Medical Office Building at 538 Litchfield Street and all other CHH off site facilities and provider practices including the Center for Cancer Care are not affected at this time.
All incoming patients coming through the main entrance will continue to be screening: Asked to wear a face mask and temperature check. One escort per patient is allowed for inpatient and outpatient surgery and procedures. Patients with disabilities who receive care may also have a designated support person present with them to support their disability needs.
Individuals are asked NOT to visit the hospital if they are ill or have symptoms of cold or flu. And, as has been the case, the Hospital follows the State of Connecticut restrictions for anyone who is traveling from, or recently visited a “red” state.
Current entrance restrictions include:
∙ OPEN: Emergency Department is OPEN 24/7 to patients ONLY.
∙ OPEN: Main Front Entrance is OPEN to patients and vendors ONLY. All individuals will be health screened and have their temperature taken.
∙ OPEN: Turner Coe Annex Entrance is OPEN to patients ONLY who will be health screened and have their temperature taken.
∙ CLOSED: Outpatient/Blood Draw Entrance is CLOSED to patients/visitors. Please enter the main entrance for Quest Diagnostics/Blood Draw.
For more information, visit dedicated coronavirus websites in English at
www.hartfordhealthcare.org/coronavirus and Spanish at
https://espanol.hartfordhealthcare.org/pacientes-y-visitas/coronavirus-covid-19.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s COVID testing site relocating
TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE — The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital COVID Drive-Through Testing site will be relocating from the Hospital’s outpatient parking area to 211 High Street in Torrington. The move, effective Monday, December 7, will increase testing capacity heading into the winter months and will alleviate congestion around the current site on Hospital Hill.
The new, accessible location is a mile from the current Hospital in the former JC Penney parking area and has a larger footprint to handle the influx of people seeking COVID testing.
Testing is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 7-9 a.m. as specific times for patients needing pre-surgery or medical procedure testing. If you do not require a test before a surgery or procedure, please consider arriving for testing later in the day.
This testing is for patients who are experiencing symptoms and may have possible exposure. They are tested without leaving their vehicles. The testing can accommodate adults and children of all ages, when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. To help expedite testing, you are encouraged to get a doctor’s referral. If you do not have a doctor, call the Hartford HealthCare Community Care Center at 1-833-621-0600 for assistance.
How does it work? Patients drive up to the testing site where the test is performed by highly-trained colleagues outfitted in protective clothing, including a gown, goggles, mask and gloves. There are two types of tests. Both are effective in diagnosing COVID-19. In one, our colleague uses a long swab to sample in the back of the patient’s nose. In the other test, the patient (under supervision of the colleague) swabs in the inside of both nostrils. The colleague collects the sample and it is sent for evaluation.
After testing, patients are given follow-up instructions and information about self-isolation. Patients receive their results online through MyChart. Turnaround time is usually 3-4 days.
Hartford HealthCare has performed more than 500,000 tests since March, and is operating drive through testing centers at several locations across Connecticut including Bradley International Airport and the Hartford Convention Center.
Visit HartfordHealthCare.org/testing for the latest testing updates and information or call the 24- hour coronavirus hotline toll-free at 1-833-621-0600.

Torrington Historical to host program by state archaeologist
TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE — The Torrington Historical Society will host a FREE online program for the public, presented by noted Connecticut State Archaeologist, Nick Bellantoni. This program will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m., via
Zoom. To register, visit the website at www.torringtonhistoricalsociety.org
Dr. Bellantoni’s program is based on his recent publication, “And So the Tomb Remained”. As the state Archaeologist, Nick Bellantoni has been asked to enter many historic family tombs for restoration projects and crime scene investigations. In
this presentation, he will tell the stories of five family tombs and the archaeology and forensic science behind his work which included research into aspects of public health, tomb architecture, cemetery landscaping and occult activities.
Nick Bellantoni, PhD, serves as the emeritus state archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and is also Adjunct Associate Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut. He is a former
President of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut and the National Association of State Archaeologists.

Holiday Lantern Tours in Torrington
TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE — The Mayor’s “Christmastime in Torrington” committee and the Torrington Historical Society will present a series of eight, 45 minute long, Holiday Lantern Tours of downtown Torrington on Saturday, Dec. 5. Admission is $3 per person. The tour will include information about the historical buildings on Main Street and the fascinating story of Torrington’s first Christmas tree. Under the Warner marquee, Dick Terhune will present Marley’s ghost scene from his one-man show “A Christmas Carol.” Two featured storefronts will have displays of merchandise from the 1950s that would have been available for purchase at that time in Main Street department stores. Tours will start every 15 minutes from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Each 45 minute tour will begin at the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum and end on lower East Main Street. Each tour is limited to eight individuals. Face masks and social distancing are required. Join in the holiday spirit by bringing your own lantern or flashlight. Proceeds from the tour will support the city’s “Christmastime in Torrington” celebration. In case of inclement weather, tours will be rescheduled for the same time on Sunday, Dec. 6.

Memorial Hike John Brown Birthplace
TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE — Please join us on Sunday, Dec. 6, starting at 4p.m. at the John Brown Birthplace for a 2/3 mile twilight walk in the woods as we commemorate the anniversary of John Brown’s execution and honor all those who have sacrificed for the cause of civil rights and racial equality in America. The hike will follow a two-thirds mile loop trail created by the Torrington Trails Network on property owned by the Torrington Historical Society. The hike will be preceded by some brief comments about John Brown. ‘John Brownies’ from Torrington’s Café 38 will be served following the hike. The John Brown Birthplace Trail is on generally flat and wooded terrain with some wet areas. Dress for the cool weather with proper walking shoes and bring a flashlight, lantern or headlamp since it will be getting dark toward the end of the hike. Parking is available along John Brown Road.

Nonprofits observe World AIDS Day
TORRINGTON/PRESS RELEASE —Two nonprofits, Community Health and Wellness Center and New Opportunities, have partnered to host an event in observance of World AIDS Day on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
World AIDS Day’s focus is on ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic community by community. The Torrington observance will be held at New Opportunities site, located at 59 Field Street, and run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include free and confidential HIV testing with complimentary food and gift cards.
World AIDS Day, designated on the first of December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic, showing support for people living with HIV, and remembering those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. The theme for the 2020 observance is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact”
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 1.1 million people in the United States have HIV, and one in seven do not know they are infected. The center urges people to “take the test—know your status” with an HIV test that provides results in 20 minutes. For more information contact Deserray James Green at CHWC at 860-489-0931, ext. 1116

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