Winchester Educational COVID-19 Action Network (WECAN): state positivity test rate low, town rates

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According to data released by the state on Thursday, April 22, the Covid test positivity rate for the state is at 1.78 percent.
At his press conference on April 22, Gov. Ned Lamont said that the state’s seven day test positivity rate average is below 2.5 percent, which he said is the lowest it has been in a month and a half.
“We feel that we are on stable footing,” Gov. Lamont said. “It gives us confidence as we go forward.”
He said that one year ago the state hit its peak in hospitalizations due to Covid with 1,972 residents hospitalized.
As of April 21, 515 residents are hospitalized, including 13 in Litchfield County.
Also as of April 21, 8,039 have died due to Covid, an additional 12 people since April 20.
“But at one point we were losing 100 people a day,” Gov. Lamont said. “I still continue to be confident that vaccinations are making a difference.”
Meanwhile, according to state statistics, 1,175,362 residents are fully vaccinated, while 1,760,545 residents have received their first dose.
“Sixty percent of adults 16 years and older have received their first dose,” he said. “Compare that to Georgia and Alabama where only 30 percent of the people have been fully vaccinated. We have got to keep it going. But supply is more than demand in many places.”

Number of new cases from April 4 to April 17
Winsted: 21
Torrington: 159
Barkhamsted:11
Colebrook: 3
New Hartford: 18
Norfolk: 1

Statistics as of Wednesday, April 21
Total Covid cases in Connecticut: 333,732
Litchfield County total cases: 12,510
Probable cases: 1,570
Confirmed deaths: 254
Probable deaths: 37
Currently hospitalized: 13

Total cases by town
Winsted: 583, probable 10
Torrington: 3,297, probable 100
Barkhamsted: 153, probable 6
Colebrook: 54, probable 2
New Hartford: 342, probable 12
Norfolk: 63, probable 1

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 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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