A current list of Covid vaccination sites as listed on the United Way's 211ct.org website.
A current list of Covid vaccination sites as listed on the United Way's 211ct.org website.
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Vaccinations have become “race” against UK variant
State public health officials confirmed on Monday, Jan. 25 that four additional residents have tested positive for the UK variant of Covid-19. There are now eight residents who have tested positive for the variant in the state.
This includes three residents each in Oxford and West Haven, along with two residents in New Haven, who range in age from 15 to 50 years-old. According to various news reports, the new strain of Covid-19 is much more easily transmitted and is spreading throughout the world.
At his press conference held on Jan. 25, Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said that, due to the UK variant, administering Covid vaccines has become “a race.”
“We are racing on getting as many people vaccinated as quickly as we can ahead of what could be this super contagious strain,” Gov. Lamont said. “So far, with what supplies we have, we’re doing pretty well. We are still ranked in the top states five in the country [in vaccinating residents].”
Gov. Lamont said that 27 percent of residents 75 years old and older have received at least their first dose of the vaccine.
“We’re making a big chip in this,” Gov. Lamont said. “Probably in the next two weeks, depending on our supply of vaccine, this incredibly venerable piece of our population will be taken care of.”
Gov. Lamont said that the state has administered at least 300,000 vaccine doses and there are 120 vaccine administration sites all over the state.
“However, we still need more vaccines,” Gov. Lamont said. “We get 46,900 doses every week. Last week, we received an extra 50,000 for good behavior. But on average, we are doing less than 50,000 vaccinations.”
However, Gov. Lamont said that the combined requests from health care providers all across the state total 150,000 doses a week.
As for the governor’s emergency powers, which are currently scheduled to expire on February 9, Gov. Lamont said that he plans to ask legislative leaders to extend his powers until April 20.
“We think by April 20 we will have a very good handle on where we stand on vaccinations, where we stand on the supply of vaccinations, and where we stand on bending the curve,” Gov. Lamont said. “I think by the middle of the spring we will be much closer to a normal order.”

Positively rate is “staying fairly low”:
As of Sunday, Jan. 24, the positivity rate of Covid tests is 4.73 percent.
Gov. Lamont said that the rate is continuing to stabilize. “Here we are more than three weeks after New Year’s Eve and Christmas holidays where we worried about a spike in cases,” he said. “We weathered that spike. Schools have been in session and there has been stability.”
Gov. Lamont and representatives from The United Way unveiled an addition to the 211ct.org website featuring an interactive map listing vaccine clinics:
https://www.211ct.org/search?page=1&location=winsted%2C%20CT&taxonomy_code=11172&service_area=winsted

Total cases locally:
Litchfield County Jan. 24: 9,616 cases, 250 deaths.
Winsted Jan. 24: 433 cases, five deaths.
Torrington Jan. 24: 2,437 cases, 122 deaths.
Barkhamsted Jan. 24: 119 cases, one death.
Colebrook Jan. 24: 30 cases, no deaths.
New Hartford Jan. 24: 245 cases, three deaths.
Norfolk Jan. 24: 57 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.
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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