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According to state data, as of Thursday, March 25, Winsted, Torrington, Hartland, Colebrook, New Hartford are back under “red alert” with 15 or more cases per 100,000. Barkhamsted is in “orange alert” with 10 to 14 cases per 100,000. Norfolk is not under any alert and is reporting less than five cases under 100,000.

Throughout this week, the daily test positivity rate has continued to climb and now stands at 3.88 percent as of March 24.
At his press conference on March 25, Gov. Ned Lamont said that the rate “is not my number one metric.”
“I care more about hospitalizations,” Gov. Lamont said. “But I do care about the fact that we’ve gone from a 2.2 percent seven-day average two to three weeks ago, to about 3.7 today. Our friends in New Jersey are close to 8 percent as an average.”

The test positivity rate has grown higher since Friday, March 19 when the state lifted capacity restrictions on restaurants, retail stores, houses of worship, libraries, and other facilities.

Meanwhile, there 434 residents as of March 24 who are hospitalized due to Covid symptoms, an increase of 22 residents from March 23. Also as of March 23, there have been 7,862 deaths due to Covid.

According to state statistics, 1,101,821 first doses of the vaccine have been administered, and 619,154 residents have been fully vaccinated. Eighty percent of the state’s 75 and-older population have been vaccinated, with 38 percent of all adults 16 years and older receiving their first dose of the vaccine. The state plans on administering 200,000 first doses next week.

Because of the accelerated rate of vaccinations, along with an increased supply of vaccines, the state will now allow residents 16 years and older to sign up for a vaccine appointment on April 1, several days ahead of the originally planned date of April 6.

Statistics as of March 24:
Total Covid cases in Connecticut: 303,511
Patients currently hospitalized: 434
Deaths: 7,862
Litchfield County confirmed cases: 11,138. Probable cases: 1,250. Confirmed deaths: 247. Probable deaths: 35.

Number of cases from March 7 to March 20:
Winsted: 25
Torrington: 163
Barkhamsted: 6
Colebrook: 6
New Hartford: 25
Norfolk: 1

B.1.1.7 variant cases:
One in New Hartford and one in Torrington

Ten patients in Litchfield County are currently hospitalized due to Covid.

Total cases per town:
Winsted: 534 confirmed, six probable.
Torrington: 2,908 confirmed, 88 probable.
Barkhamsted: 133 confirmed, 4 probable.
Colebrook: 43 confirmed, two probable.
New Hartford: 298 confirmed, 11 probable
Norfolk: 61 confirmed, one probable

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 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

Vaccination locations
CVS Pharmacy at 49 Main Street in Winsted is scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments to individuals.
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
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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