Different types of COVID-19 vaccine in glass vial bottles with different storage temperature condition label. Photo via Rawpixel.com
Different types of COVID-19 vaccine in glass vial bottles with different storage temperature condition label. Photo via Rawpixel.com

NORTHWEST CORNER — During his first Presidential speech to the nation on Thursday, March 11, President Joseph Biden (D) said that the federal government will compel all states to make Covid vaccinations available to all adults by May 1.
In a statement in response to President Biden’s speech, Gov. Ned Lamont said that “Achieving universal access to vaccines for all adults by May is a bold, aggressive goal coming from President Biden, and this is the kind of leadership that is necessary to get our state and country back to normal. On behalf of the people of Connecticut, I accept this challenge. I also echo the President’s call for each of us to get our vaccine as we are eligible.”
Gov. Lamont’s statement did not outline any new plans for vaccine distribution. However, a plan is expected within the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, under the current schedule, residents who are in the 45 to 54 years-old age group will be eligible for Covid vaccinations on Monday, March 22.
The vaccination program will expand to residents 35 to 44 years-old on Monday, April 12.
Meanwhile, according to state data as of March 11, 1,258,847 vaccine doses have been administered, with 445,231 residents fully vaccinated.
According to the data, 76 percent of residents 75 and older have received at least one dose, along with 67 percent of residents 65 to 74 years-old, and 32 percent of residents 55 to 64 years-old.
State data shows that 27,358 doses of the one shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine have been administered.

Vaccine sites
According to the state’s vaccine website, there are currently six vaccine administration sites in the area: five in Torrington, and one location in Winsted at the CVS on Main Street.
At a media roundtable event on Thursday, March 11, Hartford HealthCare representatives said that there are no current plans to open up any additional vaccine sites in the area.
The company has two vaccination locations in Torrington, including at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and at the Torrington Armory.

Vaccination rates by town as of March 8 – percentage of population who received at least one dose:
Winsted: 20.13% of 10,604 residents
Torrington: 20.67% of 34,044 residents
Barkhamsted: 25.96% of 3,606 residents
Colebrook: 24.64% of 1,400 residents
New Hartford: 26.53% of 6,656 residents
Norfolk: 24.66% of 1,630 residents

Total cases locally as of March 11:
State: 290,577 cases and 7,765 deaths
Litchfield County: 11,575 cases and 284 deaths
Winsted: 514 cases, five deaths.
Torrington: 2,820 cases, 133 deaths.
Barkhamsted: 131 cases, one death.
Colebrook: 40 cases, no deaths.
New Hartford: 283 cases, three deaths.
Norfolk: 60 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 March. 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: March 5, March 12, March 19, March 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 March 4. 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

Walgreens Pharmacy – 28 Elm Street – no phone appointments available

Torrington Area Health District – 350 Main Street – no phone appointments available

Hartford Healthcare 153 South Main Street – 860-827-7690

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital – 540 Main Street – 860-827-7690

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