Gov. Lamont at his press conference on March 1.
Gov. Lamont at his press conference on March 1.
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At his press conference on Monday, March 1, Gov. Ned Lamont said that the state is making progress when it comes to Covid cases, with the test positivity rate at 2.6 percent for last week and the state’s hospitalization rate at a four-month low.
According to state statistics, the test positivity rate as of Sunday, Feb. 28 is 2.35, and the hospitalization rate is at 417, which includes seven residents of Litchfield County.
The fatality rate for the weekend is 29 rates, which brings the Covid death rate for the state to 7,651 “which is still too high, but it continues to trend lower.”
“These are all reasons to believe that we are making progress,” Gov. Lamont said. “That’s why this Thursday we will be making announcements in terms of a cautious reopening in terms of capacity for our stores, restaurants, retail stores, and personal services.”
According to Gov. Lamont, 39,000 doses of vaccines made by Johnson and Johnson, which were approved by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use over the weekend, will be used by the state this week.
This will bring the total of first doses this week to 156,000.
“Just a month ago, we were at about 50,000 doses a week,” Gov. Lamont said. “156,000 is a lot. We’re not positive that we’re going to keep that high number up over the next week or two, but we are tracking this very carefully.”
Today marked the first day where residents 55 years and older, along with employees in the educational sector, were eligible for the vaccine.
“As you can imagine, the phones and the website were very busy,” Gov. Lamont said. “Most of the slots filled up quite quickly within a few hours. But with these new doses arriving, there will be additional appointments over the week.”
As of today, a total of 963,943 doses of the vaccine has been administered throughout the state, including 336,155-second doses.
Gov. Lamont added that Connecticut is in the top five nationally in the percentage of the population receiving the first dose.

Total cases locally as of Feb. 28:
Litchfield County 11,204 cases, 279 deaths.
Winsted: 493 cases, five deaths.
Torrington: 2,752 cases, 130 deaths.
Barkhamsted: 129 cases, one death.
Colebrook: 38 cases, no deaths.
New Hartford: 275 cases, three deaths.
Norfolk: 61 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. Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays).
Community Health & Wellness (CHWC), Torrington, will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing throughout the month of February. Testing will be conducted on Fridays in an outdoor tent at its Torrington facility at 469 Migeon Avenue, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. The dates are: February 19, and February 26.
Testing is available on a walk-up/first come first serve basis, with no appointment, insurance, symptoms, or doctor order needed. For those who wish to preregister, a form can be found on the CHWC website at www.chwctorr.org. The test is free, with results known within three days.
More testing will be announced in the future throughout the winter months. In addition, appointments can be made for testing at CHWC’s Torrington facility by calling 860-387-0400.

Vaccinations
Please note, this is the current vaccination location list as of Feb. 27. Updated locations will be added as information becomes available.

According to a press release issued on Friday, Feb. 12, CVS Pharmacy at 49 Main Street in Winsted is scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments to individuals over the age of 65.
Please note that if problems are experienced with Internet Explorer, try using the Google Chrome browser to navigate their site. Residents without computer access may call (888) 300-4419.
Please click here for a link to make an appointment through CVS.

Other vaccine providers – all located in Torrington:
Walmart Pharmacy – 970 Torringford Street – no phone appointments available
https://www.Walmart.com/COVIDvaccine

Walgreens Pharmacy – 28 Elm Street – no phone appointments available
https://www.walgreens.com/topic/covid19vac/CT.jsp

Torrington Area Health District – 350 Main Street – no phone appointments available
https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccinations—VAMS-Support

Hartford Healthcare 153 South Main Street – 860-827-7690
https://hartfordhealthcare.org/health-wellness/covid-vaccine/schedule-your-vaccine

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital – 540 Main Street – 860-827-7690
https://hartfordhealthcare.org/health-wellness/covid-vaccine/schedule-your-vaccine

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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