From Gov. Ned Lamont's press conference on Thursday, March 18.
From Gov. Ned Lamont's press conference on Thursday, March 18.

State statistics reveals ‘relative stability’
According to statistics from the state’s Department of Public Health, as of Wednesday, March 17, the state’s test positivity results is 2.76 percent out of 41,904 tests reported, with 1,156 new cases bringing the state’s total Covid cases to 295,484.
“The daily summary continues to show relative stability,” Gov. Ned Lamont said at his Thursday, March 18 press conference. “For us, that’s a good thing. We have been between 2.2 percent and 2.9 percent for over a month, and that’s stability gives us some confidence.”
State statistics show that there have 7,822 Covid-related deaths in the state.
As of March 17, there are 384 residents hospitalized due to Covid symptoms, including six residents in Litchfield County.

European variants arrive in the Northwest Corner
The B.1.1.7 variant of the Coronavirus, also known as the European variant, has been detected in 58 locations across the state. One case has been detected in New Hartford and Torrington. Meanwhile, other variants have been detected across the state in nine locations. However, none of the locations are in Litchfield County.
Vaccinations nearing one million in Connecticut
As of March 12, 1,467,233 total doses have been administered, with 966,705 first doses and 536,736 residents fully vaccinated. According to Gov. Lamont, by next week one million doses will have been administered in Connecticut.
On March 13, residents 45 years-old and older will be eligible to be vaccinated.

Capacity limits expanded
Starting on March 19, the state will lift capacity limits on various locations, including restaurants, gyms, retail stores, offices, libraries, and houses of worship.
However, mask requirements, along with spacing and cleaning protocols, will remain.
A 50 percent capacity limit remains on both movie theaters and performing arts venues.
“They tend to have bigger crowds and people tend to sit in close proximity with each other for two hours at a time,” Gov. Lamont said.
Residents will also be allowed to hold indoor private parties of up to 25 people, up from 10 people.
The state has capped the attendance limit of outdoor parties at 100 people.

New cases by town from Feb. 28 to March 13:
Winsted: 27
Torrington: 87
Barkhamsted: 5
Colebrook: 2
New Hartford: 15
Norfolk: None

Total cases locally as of March 17:
State: 295,484 cases and 7,822 deaths
Litchfield County: 10,735 cases and 247 deaths
Winsted: 526 cases, five deaths.
Torrington: 2,880 cases, 133 deaths.
Barkhamsted: 136 cases, one death.
Colebrook: 41 cases, no deaths.
New Hartford: 297 cases, three deaths.
Norfolk: 62 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 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 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—VAMS-Support

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.

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