As of December 4, most of the state is in the
As of December 4, most of the state is in the "Red Zone," with 15 or more COVID cases reported per 1,000.
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For information about the Winsted Phoenix’s Winchester Educational COVID-19 Action Network (WECAN) go to this link.

Headlines: On Thursday, Dec. 3, at a press conference Gov. Ned Lamont (D) revealed a tentative schedule for the distribution of vaccines in the state.

According to the schedule, 31,000 first doses will be available during the week of December 14. By the week of December 21, 125,000 first doses will be available.

Second doses of the vaccine will not be available until the week of Jan. 4.

By the week of Jan. 25, there will be 380,000 cumulative first doses available and 212,000 second doses available.

Vaccine doses will be made available in phases. In Phase 1a, the vaccines will be made available to 204,000 healthcare workers, 22,000 nursing home residents, and 6,000 first responders.

Phase 1b, which is estimated to begin in mid-January and last until late-May, the vaccines will be made available to critical workforce employees, residents in other congregate settings, adults 65 years and older, and residents deemed as having “high risk” conditions who are under 65 years old.

In Phase 2, which is scheduled to begin in early June, vaccines will be made available to the general public.

On Friday, Dec. 4, Gov. Lamont signed an executive order expanding unemployment benefits for workers who were previously ineligible for the federal Lost Wages Assistance program. The program includes an extra $100 weekly benefit.

Statistics

On Friday, Dec. 4, the state reported that the COVID-19 total case rate is now 127,715, an additional 1,538 cases since yesterday.

The daily test positivity rate is now 5.52 percent, down by 1.61 percent since yesterday.

There are currently 1,150 residents hospitalized, which is down by 41 residents.

The death rate is 5,146, which is 35 more deaths since yesterday.

Litchfield County:
Dec. 3 total cases: 4,931
Dec. 2 total cases: 4,857
Dec. 1 total cases: 4,669
Nov. 30 total cases: 4,547

Winsted:
Dec. 3 total cases: 206
Dec. 2 total cases: 202
Dec. 1 total cases: 187
Nov. 30 total cases: 174

Torrington:
Dec. 3 total cases: 1,426
Dec. 2 total cases: 1,408
Dec. 1 total cases: 1,368
Nov. 30 total cases: 1,340

Barkhamsted:
Dec. 3 total cases: 64
Dec. 2 total cases: 63
Dec. 1 total cases: 62
Nov. 30 total cases: 61

Colebrook:
Dec. 3 total cases: 22
Dec. 2 total cases: 20
Dec. 1 total cases: 19
Nov. 30 total cases: 19

New Hartford:
Dec. 3 total cases: 121
Dec. 2 total cases: 120
Dec. 1 total cases: 115
Nov. 30 total cases: 112

Norfolk:
Dec. 3 total cases: 29
Dec. 2 total cases: 29
Dec. 1 total cases: 28
Nov. 30 total cases: 27

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of Dec. 1, there are 14,041,436 COVID cases in the United States, an increase of 219,187 new cases since yesterday. There are now 275,386 deaths in America due to COVID, an increase of 2,861 since yesterday.

Testing: As of Monday, Dec. 7, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital will have its drive-thru testing at 211 High Street in Torrington from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community Health and Wellness in Torrington will continue with its free COVID testing on Fridays in December, except for Christmas Day. The testing will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. at 469 Migeon Avenue. The testing is walk in with no appointments or referrals necessary.

Community Health and Wellness in Winsted, located at 10 Center Street, will be holding COVID tests on Monday, Dec. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please be advised, this is not a drive thru testing site, and individuals will need to line up outside for testing. The testing is free and confidential. For more information call 860-489-0931.

Mental health resources: 24 hour crisis hotline: 1-888-444-3339 or text “LISTEN” 741-741

Greenwoods Counseling Referrals: Mental health and substance use assessments, treatment and referrals. Financial assistance available 860-567-4437

Addiction: Community Outreach and Recovery Navigator Sarah Toomey 860-309-3845. Free and confidential support, resources, NARCAN, harm reduction for the entire family.

Western CT Mental Health: Higher level of psychiatric and substance abuse care 860-496-3700.

Schools: The Torrington Public School District is currently under a remote learning program until Friday, Dec. 4 with a return to in-person classes for K-5, and hybrid for 6-12, on Monday, Dec. 7. The Gilbert School in Winsted is currently under a remote learning program and is scheduled to return to in-person classes on Monday, Dec. 7.

On the Gilbert School’s Facebook page on Dec. 4, Superintendent Anthony Serio wrote that the school was informed about three probable positive COVID cases between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4. “The last time that the individuals were in the building was between Nov. 17 and Nov. 24,” Serio wrote. “No direct contact occurred in the building from these probable cases. We will continue to monitor these cases and any other potential cases as they arise and will inform you in a letter similar to this one of test results and pending action.”

On the Winchester School District’s Facebook page on Dec. 3, Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley wrote that a member of the school community tested positive for COVID due to community spread.

“The last day this person was in the district was Monday, November 20,” Brady-Shanley wrote. “There are NO contacts to this case within the district.”

This is the second time this week that a member of the Winchester Public Schools community has tested positive for COVID-19.

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