Gov. Ned Lamont at his press conference on Monday, March 15.
Gov. Ned Lamont at his press conference on Monday, March 15.
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Gov. Ned Lamont has announced that the state has changed its eligibility schedule for Covid vaccinations and that all adults 16 years-old and over would be eligible to be vaccinated on April 5.
Originally, adults 35 to 44 years-old were going to be eligible on April 12, with the remaining population of 16 years and older eligible on May 3.
However, Gov. Lamont said that the schedule has been moved up due to an increased supply of vaccines over the next few weeks.
Gov. Lamont said that the state would see a 50 percent increase in vaccines from the federal government over the next few weeks.
“The rollout is going along very well, along with the supply,” Gov. Lamont said at his press conference on Monday, March 15. “We’re going to be ahead of schedule based on an increased supply.”
According to statistics provided by the state, as of Sunday, March 14, 918,741 residents have had their first dose of the vaccine.
Meanwhile, 496,006 residents have been fully vaccinated, which is approximately 14 percent of the state’s population.
UniteCT rental and utility assistance program unveiled
At the press conference, the state introduced its UniteCT program.
The $235 million program will provide rental and utility payment assistance to qualified state households who have been impacted by the Covid pandemic.
According to its website, the intention of the program is to help stabilize the state’s rental housing market.
Full details of the program are available at https://portal.ct.gov/DOH/DOH/Programs/UniteCT

Test positivity rate remains steady
According to state statistics, as of Sunday, March 14, the state’s Covid test positivity rate is 2.95 percent, which falls in line with the rate for the past month.
“It’s relatively good news that not much has changed,” Gov. Lamont said. “I do look around and I see it has spiked up a little bit in New York where the test positivity rate is 4.6 percent. Sometimes you look around the world and you get the idea of what else may be happening. You have probably seen that Europe has gotten hit pretty hard. Poor old Italy is closing down again. It’s a little different in our situation because Italy only has about three percent of residents who have been vaccinated.”
According to Lamont, the United States has about 21 percent of its residents vaccinated.
And according to various news sources, the United States is currently vaccinating 2.3 million people a day.

Total cases locally as of March 11:
State: 293,102 cases and 7,788 deaths
Litchfield County: 11,704 cases and 284 deaths
Winsted: 521 cases, five deaths.
Torrington: 2,845 cases, 133 deaths.
Barkhamsted: 134 cases, one death.
Colebrook: 41 cases, no deaths.
New Hartford: 290 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 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
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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