WECAN Initiative COVID report Dec. 10: vaccinations may start this Tuesday

Headlines: Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said at his press conference on Thursday, Dec. 10 that COVID vaccinations could begin as early as Tuesday, Dec. 15.
This comes as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel recommended that the agency authorize the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for emergency use.
According to Gov. Lamont, Pfizer will be shipping vaccine doses over the next three to five days to hospitals throughout the state.
“Hospitals will focus [on vaccinating] according to need, probably focusing on the highest risk employees first, including [doctors and nurses] who are dealing with COVID patients,” Lamont said. “The other side will be shipments to nursing homes. The vaccine shipments will be going to CVS and Walgreens distribution centers. From there, it will go to nursing homes.”
Gov. Lamont said that vaccinations at nursing homes will start on Monday, Dec. 21.
“Within a few weeks, you could see lower infection rates and less people in hospitals,” he said.
When asked about rolling back to Phase 1 COVID precautions due to the increase of cases in the state, Gov. Lamont said that any potential rollback would be different.
“I think we can tailor things a little more than we did in Phase 1,” he said. “Back then in the spring, when everything was on fire, we did what we thought we had to do to shut the door. I think we looked at Europe and other places where they didn’t shut down schools. They kept their schools open. And they kept them open with a very low infection rate within the classroom. It will be different this time. We are watching more of the metrics and we will have more to say in a week or so.”

Statistics
New cases over the past two weeks: The state released its weekly extended data report on Thursday, Dec. 10.
According to the report, from Nov. 22 to Dec. 5, these were the number of new cases by town:
Winsted: 110
Torrington: 330
Barkhamsted: 12
Colebrook: 10
New Hartford: 35
Norfolk: 13

On Thursday, Dec. 10, the state reported that the COVID-19 total case rate is now 140,548, an increase of 2,431cases.
The daily test positivity rate is now 6.63 percent, down by .93 percent, since yesterday.
There are currently 1,214 residents hospitalized, which is down by 48 residents since yesterday.
The death rate is 5,327, 42 more deaths since yesterday.

Litchfield County:
Dec. 9 total cases: 5,710, an increase of 141 cases since Dec. 8.
Dec. 9 number of hospitalizations: 22

Winsted:
Dec. 9 total cases: 271 – an increase of 24 total cases since Dec. 8.

Torrington:
Dec. 9 total cases: 1,598, an increase of 40 total cases since Dec. 8.

Barkhamsted:
Dec. 9 total cases: 68 – no increase in cases.

Colebrook:
Dec. 9 total cases: 21 – no increase in cases.

New Hartford:
Dec. 9 total cases: 141 – an increase of 7 total cases since Dec. 8.

Norfolk:
Dec. 9 total cases: 32 – an increase of one case since Dec. 8.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of Dec. 1, there are 15,271,571 COVID cases in the United States, an increase of 231,396 new cases since yesterday. There are now 288,762 deaths in America due to COVID, an increase of 3,411 since yesterday.

Testing: Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s drive-thru testing is 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.

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 Winchester School District has moved sixth grade to distance learning “due to a positive COVID case that has impacted staffing at the sixth grade level.” See story at this link.

To send community information, including resources for residents, email winstedphoenix@gmail.com

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