Gov. Ned Lamont (D) speaks at his press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Gov. Ned Lamont (D) speaks at his press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
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In a press conference held on Tuesday, Jan. 19, Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said that the state is fifth nationally in the administration of vaccines.
According to state data, as of Jan. 19, 196,753 first doses of the vaccine have been administered, while 24,067-second doses of the vaccine have been administered.
Gov. Lamont outlined tentative plans for the next phases of Covid vaccinations, which will include residents 65 years and older to be eligible to be vaccinated in early February.
Front line essential workers and residents with high-risk conditions will be eligible for the vaccine in late February or March.
Later phases, including Phase 1C and Phase 2, will start in May.
However, Gov. Lamont said that the timing of the vaccine schedule is all dependent on the vaccine supply given to the state by the federal government.
He said that the vaccination process can speed up if the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Hartford HealthCare to open vaccination clinic in Torrington
At a press conference on Jan. 19, Eric Arlia, Director of Systems Pharmacy for Hartford HealthCare, said that the company will be opening vaccine facilities in Torrington, Meridian, Mystic, and Southington within the next five to seven days. Arlia said that the company is averaging 2,000 to 2,500 vaccinations a day, but that “this number will go up significantly starting next week.”
According to Arlia, the facilities will allow Hartford HealthCare to increase their vaccinations.
As of press time, full details from Hartford HealthCare about their vaccination facility in Torrington was not available.
Meanwhile, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 400,000 people in the United States have died due to Covid, including 100,000 in the past five weeks. Covid is now the top cause of death in America.

Vaccination information
Residents will be contacted by their healthcare provider if the provider is participating in the state’s vaccine program. A list of participating providers is available at ct.gov/covidvaccine.
An application form that allows individuals to schedule an appointment can be accessed at ct.gov/covidvaccine.
Residents without internet access can call Connecticut’s COVID Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line at 877-918-2224
According to a press release issued by the state, In the upcoming weeks, Phase 1B will be expanded to include: residents between 65 and 74 years old, and residents between 16 and 64 years-old who have underlying health conditions.

Positivity rate
The COVID-19 positivity test rate for Jan. 19 is at 5.65 percent, an increase from the rate of 4.85 percent on Jan. 18.
At his press conference, Gov. Lamont said that the daily average of the positivity rate for the past week is 5.3 percent, which is the lowest rate since December. “We are watching this very carefully,” he said. “The positivity rate for our neighboring states, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and even New York, are all stabilizing.”

Statewide cases:
Jan. 19: 232,219 – an increase of 2,094
Jan. 18: 230,125 – an increase of 6,703

Patients hospitalized:
Jan. 19: 1,141 – an increase of 27
Jan. 18: 1,114 – an increase of 16

Deaths:
Jan. 19: 6,682 – an increase of 12
Jan. 18: 6,670 – an increase of 76

Litchfield County:
Jan. 19: 9, 191
Jan. 18: 9,118

Winsted total cases:
Jan. 19: 418
Jan. 18: 415

Torrington total cases:
Jan. 19: 2,352
Jan. 18: 2,335

Barkhamsted total cases:
Jan. 19: 116
Jan. 18: 115

Colebrook total cases:
Jan. 19: 30
Jan. 18: 30

New Hartford total cases:
Jan. 19: 237
Jan. 18: 234

Norfolk total cases:
Jan. 19: 54
Jan. 18: 53

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 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 at 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

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