Gov. Ned Lamont at his press conference on Monday, April 19.
Gov. Ned Lamont at his press conference on Monday, April 19.
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At his press conference on Monday, April 19, Gov. Ned Lamont said that the state will start to phase out business restrictions starting in May.

According to Gov. Lamont, on May 1, business curfews will be moved to midnight, restrictions on outdoor dining and gatherings will be lifted, including the table size limit, and alcohol will be allowed to be served without food. 

On May 19, all remaining business restrictions will be lifted, including social distancing, the midnight curfew, and other regulations.

Gov. Lamont said that the state, along with the Department of Public Health, will issue recommendations for safe operation of indoor and large outdoor events.

“It will be a guidance and not a mandate,” Gov. Lamont said. “However you want to do it and keep safe, but there will be no mandates from us. I think these are all ways we have earned the right to get back to our new normal.”

In reviewing the latest state Covid statistics, Gov. Lamont said that “I think the good news is, unlike Michigan, unlike Idaho, unlike places where there has been a spike, it’s not been in Connecticut and not in our region. We continue to have a positivity rate less than three percent. This is the lowest that we’ve been now in a month. Hospitalizations are pretty stable.”

However, the state has surpassed 8,000 deaths due to Covid-19.

As for vaccinations, Gov. Lamont said that 1,703,045 residents have received their first dose. A total of 1,113,184 state residents have been vaccinated.

Over 80 percent of the state’s 65 and older residents have been vaccinated.

Gov. Lamont added that if the remaining age groups catch up to that percentage “We will have herd immunity and have a very great summer. So far, the numbers look good.”

Total confirmed cases per town as of April 18:
Winsted: 589
Torrington: 3,385
Barkhamsted: 155
Colebrook: 56
New Hartford: 350
Norfolk: 64

Testing: Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s drive-thru testing is at 211 High Street in Torrington. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Community Health & Wellness (CHWC): Community Health & Wellness (CHWC), Torrington, CT, will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing throughout the month of April. 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:  April 9, April 16, April 23, and April 30.  

Testing is open to all and available on a 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.

In addition, CHWC will continue to offer periodic pop-up testing throughout the region.  The Torrington center is also taking appointments and walk-ins Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. for the month of April.  To pre-register call 860-387-0400.

To date, CHWC has conducted more than 6,000 COVID-19 tests. 

For more information, call 860-489-0931.

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 State vaccination information website: https://portal.ct.gov/Vaccine-Portal

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

Winsted Stop and Shop: 200 New Hartford Rd, Winsted  (860) 738-2707

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

Big Y Pharmacy: 504 Winsted Road, Torrington – (860) 489-2970

Petricones Torrington Pharmacy: 110 East Main Street, Torrington – (860) 489-5511

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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