State COVID map as of Nov. 30.
State COVID map as of Nov. 30.

For information about The Winsted Phoenix’s Winchester Educational COVID-19 Action Network (WECAN) click on this link.

Headlines: According to state statistics, as of Tuesday, Dec. 1, there are now 118,754 total COVID cases, an increase of 1,459 cases since Monday, Nov. 30. There are now 1,152 patients hospitalized due to COVID in the state, an increase of 54 patients since Nov. 30. There are now 5,040 reported deaths due to COVID, an increase of 20 deaths since Nov. 30.

Litchfield County:
Nov. 30 total cases: 4,547

Nov. 30 total cases: 174
Increase in cases from Nov. 29: 4

Nov. 30 total cases: 1,340
Increase in cases from Nov. 29: 6

Nov. 30 total cases: 61
Increase in cases from Nov. 29: 0

Nov. 30 total cases: 19
Increase in cases from Nov. 29: 2

New Hartford:
Nov. 30 total cases: 112
Increase in cases from Nov. 29: 0

Nov. 30 total cases: 27
Increase in cases from Nov. 29: 1

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): as of Nov. 30 there are 13,447,627 total COVID cases in the United States, an increase of 152,022 new cases since yesterday. There are now 267,302 deaths in America due to COVID, an increase of 1,251 since yesterday.

Testing: Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is continuing with its drive-thru testing at 540 Litchfield Street in Torrington from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, the hospital’s drive-thru testing location will move to 211 High Street in Torrington starting on Monday, Dec. 7.

Community Health and Wellness in Torrington will continue with its free COVID testing on Fridays in December, except for Christmas Day. The testing will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. at 469 Migeon Avenue. The testing is walk in with no appointments or referrals necessary.

Mental health resources:

Schools: The Torrington Public School District is currently under a remote learning program until Friday, Dec. 4 with a return to in-person classes for K-5, and hybrid for 6-12, on Monday, Dec. 7. The Gilbert School in Winsted is currently under a remote learning program and is scheduled to return to in-person classes on Monday, Dec. 7.

On the Winchester School District’s Facebook page on Dec. 1, Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley wrote that a member of the school community tested positive for COVID.
“The last day this person was in the district was Monday, November 16,” Brady-Shanley wrote. “There are NO contacts to this case within the district.”

Barkhamsted: First Selectman Don Stein posted the following message on the Barkhamsted Town Chatter Facebook page on Dec. 1:
“It has been a few weeks since my last update on the COVID-19 situation in Town, and the fact that we are seeing a very significant increase in positive cases. We currently have a cumulative total of 61 cases since the start of the pandemic, but fortunately, no deaths have been recorded for our residents.
However, what is important to note is that from the start of the State providing data, it took us until August 27 to get to 33 cases, and we stayed at that level until October 15. That means that during the first 5 months, we averaged 1.5 cases per week, and then we held steady for another 2½ months.
Now we are in early December and the number of cases in town is up by 28 in just over 6 weeks. That is 4-5 per week or an increase of a multiple of 3.
Fortunately, the Barkhamsted School has had great success with in-person learning, but Regional 7 has just gone back to full virtual education for at least the next 2 weeks. Town Hall is still closed to the public, but we have set up tables in the upstairs and downstairs foyers for folks who need to conduct business in-person.
So the bottom line is that we need to all be cautious, especially those who are seniors or have underlying health conditions. The links below from the CT Department of Health and the Farmington Valley Health District provide good information on how you can protect yourself and your family.”

Vaccines: At a press conference on Dec. 1, representatives from Hartford HealthCare, the affiliate of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital discussed the distribution of COVID vaccines. Dr
Ajay Kumar, Chief Clinical Officer of Hartford HealthCare, said that vaccines should be available to the general public by May or June. See the story at this link.

Guide (Via Banner Health):

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