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COVID week in review: State slowly coming out of the dark, vaccination rates per town and clinics.

Over the past week, the state’s test positivity level has continued to drop. By Thursday, May 13, the daily positivity rate was 1.12 percent.

Towns that were previously under “red alert”, with 15 or more active cases per 100,000, continue to see their rates per 100,000 go down. Colebrook and Norfolk had less than five cases per 100,000, Winsted and New Hartford had five to nine cases per 100,000, while Barkhamsted and Torrington had 10 to 14 cases per 100,000. None of the towns in The Winsted Phoenix’s coverage area were under “red alert”. 

Meanwhile, falling in line with the federal government, the state has expanded Covid vaccinations to 12 to 15 year-olds.

As of Thursday, May 13, 1,618,266 residents have been fully vaccinated, with a total of 3,482,860 vaccines administered. 

At his press conference on May 13, Gov. Ned Lamont said that the state is still on target to end all Covid-era business restrictions. The state will no longer require outdoor masking, but it is recommended at large events. Fully vaccinated residents are not required to wear a mask in most cases, according to new Centers of Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

Amount of residents who initiated vaccination by town:
Winsted: 5,092 – 48.02 percent of the population
Torrington: 17,148 – 50.37 percent
Barkhamsted: 2,035 – 56.43 percent
Colebrook: 767 – 54.79 percent 
New Hartford: 3,790 – 56.94 percent
Norfolk: 871- 53.44 percent

Amount of residents fully vaccinated by town:
Winsted: 4,214 – 39.74 percent of the population 
Torrington: 13,657 – 40.12 percent 
Barkhamsted: 1,699 – 47.12 percent
Colebrook: 631 – 45.07 percent 
New Hartford: 3,211 – 48.24 percent
Norfolk: 715 – 43.87 percent

Patients currently hospitalized in Litchfield County: 3 as of May 13

Amount of new cases between April 25 and May 8:

Winsted: 13
Torrington: 51
Barkhamsted: 6
Colebrook: None 
New Hartford: 7
Norfolk: None

Total cases:

Litchfield County: 14,524
Winsted: 615 – 6 deaths 
Torrington: 3,486 – 140 deaths
Barkhamsted: 170 – 2 deaths
Colebrook: 58 – no deaths 
New Hartford: 362 – 3 deaths 
Norfolk: 67 – no deaths 

Clinics: 

Saturday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Faith Bible Church at 368 Main Street in Winsted. This is a walk up clinic for those who need the second shot of the Moderna vaccine, and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will also be available. For more information call 847-421-8776

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.

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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