WECAN Initiative COVID report Jan. 7: COVID-19 UK variant found in state, new vaccine schedule next week

Gov. Ned Lamont (D) at his press conference on Thursday, Jan. 7.
Gov. Ned Lamont (D) at his press conference on Thursday, Jan. 7.

Headlines: COVID-19 UK variant found in state
In a press conference on Thursday, Jan. 7 Gov. Ned Lamont (D) confirmed that two residents tested positive for COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7.
The variant was originally discovered in the United Kingdom in December.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the variant has the potential to be much more rapidly transmissible than existing strains of COVID.
Gov. Lamont said that the two cases are related to travel.
“If you are infected here in Connecticut, there’s a good chance that you are part of that highly infectious strain,” he said. “What does that mean to us? It just means that we have to be even more careful. If you are standing away from someone for less than 15 minutes without a mask, the chance of you getting infected has gone up. It means that you have to be much more cautious.”
According to the CDC website, the variant has been detected in five other states, including New York, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, and California.

Vaccine schedule details to be announced next week
According to Gov. Lamont, next week the state will announce a vaccine timeline for Groups 1B and 1C populations.
Group 1B will include residents 75 years and older, residents of congregate settings, and front line essential workers including educators, first responders, and grocery store workers.
He said that Initial 1C appointment registrations will begin within the next two weeks.
“We want to ensure equity and access for all of our disproportionately impacted populations,” Gov. Lamont said.
Residents in Group 1C include
Vaccinations for Group 1A, which includes health care workers in nursing homes and hospitals, is scheduled to be completed within the next two to three weeks.
According to state statistics, 99,929 residents have received their first dose of the vaccine, with 1,805 receiving their second dose.
Gov. Lamont said that the first doses for nursing home residents will be completed by Friday, Jan. 8.
New cases Dec. 20 to Jan. 2

According to state statistics, the following are new cases within the past two weeks:
Winsted: 31
Torrington: 237
Barkhamsted: 10
Colebrook: 4
New Hartford: 24
Norfolk: 7


Jan. 6 total cases: 202,758
Patients hospitalized: 1,087 (down 52 residents from Jan. 5)

Litchfield County:
Jan. 6 total cases: 8,117

Jan. 6 total cases: 376

Jan. 6 total cases: 2,087

Jan. 6 total cases: 91

Jan. 6 total cases: 29

New Hartford:
Jan. 6 total cases: 199

Jan. 6 total cases: 51

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of Jan. 6, there are 21,259,997 COVID cases in the United States. There are now 359,849 deaths in America due to COVID. As this article was being posted online, the CDC reported that for the time deaths due to COVID have gone over 4,000 in a day for the first time ever.

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 be continuing to offer free weekly walk-up/line up COVID-19 testing on Fridays throughout the month of January at its Torrington facility on 469 Migeon Avenue from 9:30 a.m. until noon and another pop-up testing site on Monday January 11th at Salisbury Visiting Nurses Association, 30A Salmon Kill Road, from 9:30 until 12 p.m.

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