Gov. Ned Lamont discussing updates to the state's response to the Covid pandemic on Thursday, Jan. 21.
Gov. Ned Lamont discussing updates to the state's response to the Covid pandemic on Thursday, Jan. 21.
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Vaccine clinics to open in Torrington: Hartford HealthCare will be opening a Covid vaccine clinic on Monday, Jan. 25 at the State Armory, located at 153 South Main Street.

The hours of operation for the Torrington Clinic beginning January 25 will be Monday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning Monday, Feb. 1 and beyond the clinic will  operate four days per week: Monday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

If you need help making an appointment or prefer to schedule your appointment by phone, call the  Hartford HealthCare Access Center at 860.827.7690 or toll-free at 833.943.5721. For the most up-to-date  information and scheduling help visit Hartfordhealthcare.org/vaccine.

Those currently eligible include healthcare personnel, long-term care facility residents, medical First  Responders, and individuals age 75 and older. Hartford Healthcare has administered over 30,000 vaccines  to date and offers additional clinics in Hartford, Wethersfield, Norwich, and Shelton.

According to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital spokesman Tim LeBouthillier, the clinic will be administering both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at the clinic.

“As other vaccines come on the market we will consider those options as well,” LeBouthillier wrote via email. “Supply chain considerations will always factor into which vaccine is used at any given time.  Of course we will assure that the same vaccine is used for anyone receiving a double dose vaccine.”
LeBouthillier estimated that the clinic will serve up to 185 patients per day.
He added that Hartford HealthCare is considering adding new sites, but at this point in time no additional sites in Northwest Connecticut are under consideration.

Vaccines will also be offered at participating Walgreens Pharmacies for residents 75 years-old and older. Vaccines will be offered at several Walgreens in the area,  including the location at 28 East Elm Street in Torrington. For more information click on this link

Federal actions from new Biden administration: One day after his administration started, President Joseph R. Biden (D) issued The National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic. The strategy is 200 pages and includes guidelines on a national vaccination campaign, mitigating Covid spread, and plans to reopen businesses and schools. The plan is on The White House’s website and can be accessed at this link.

President Biden also issued a series of Executive Actions in response to the pandemic, with details that can be found at this link.

State response:

Gov. Ned Lamont (D) reviewed the status of vaccinations during his press conference on Thursday, Jan. 21.

According to the state, as of Jan. 21 a total of 258,267 vaccines have been administered, including 226,930 first doses and 31,337 second doses administered. 

47,000 residents over the age of 75 years-old have been vaccinated.

Gov. Lamont said that the state is now the fourth highest in the country when it comes to vaccinating its residents.

“However, we need more vaccines,” Gov. Lamont said at his press conference. “We need to do everything we can to accelerate the production of vaccines. Connecticut and other states in the country have the capacity to vaccinate a lot more people.”

Various news sources have reported that both Pfizer and Moderna may be facing a shortfall when it comes to vaccine production. 

Despite this, at his press conference Gov. Lamont said that a representative from Pfizer informed him that it is possible that it could double its vaccine production by the end of February.

State statistics:
According to state statistics, the positivity test rate continues to drop. As of Friday, Jan. 22 the positivity rate was 4.93 percent.

The rate of patients hospitalized for Covid also continues to decline, with 1,058 residents across the state hospitalized as of Jan. 22.

However, the Covid death rate continues to hold steady, with 45 new deaths as of Jan. 22, and a total rate of 6,819.

The total number of residents diagnosed with Covid is at 237,815 as of Jan. 22.

Local statistics:

According to state, the following are new cases within the past two weeks, from January 3 to January 16:

Winsted: 46
Torrington: 299
Barkhamsted: 25
Colebrook: 3
New Hartford: 40
Norfolk: 3

Total cases locally:
LItchfield County Jan. 21: 9,391 cases, 246 deaths.
Winsted Jan. 21: 426 cases, five deaths.
Torrington Jan. 21: 2,394 cases, 118 deaths.
Barkhamsted Jan. 21: 117 cases, one death.
Colebrook Jan. 21: 30 cases, no deaths.
New Hartford Jan. 21: 239 cases, three deaths.
Norfolk Jan. 21: 54 cases, no deaths.

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

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