State COVID map as of Dec. 1.
State COVID map as of Dec. 1.

For information about the Winsted Phoenix’s Winchester Educational COVID-19 Action Network (WECAN) click here.

Headlines: On Wednesday, Dec. 2, the state reported that 51 people died on Dec. 1 due to COVID in one day, which is the highest death rate reported in six months. This brings the amount of COVID-related deaths to 5,091.

State COVID rate:
Dec. 1 total cases: 121,426
Increase in cases from Nov. 30: 2,672

Test positivity rate Dec. 1: 6.52 percent
Test positivity rate Nov. 30: 4.4 percent.

Litchfield County:
Dec. 1 total cases: 4,669
Nov. 30 total cases: 4,547
Increase in cases: 122

Dec. 1 total cases: 187
Nov. 30 total cases: 174
Increase in cases: 13

Dec. 1 total cases: 1,368
Nov. 30 total cases: 1,340
Increase in cases: 28

Dec. 1 total cases: 62
Nov. 30 total cases: 61
Increase in cases: 1

Dec. 1 total cases: 19
Nov. 30 total cases: 19
Increase in cases: 0

New Hartford:
Dec. 1 total cases: 115
Nov. 30 total cases: 112
Increase in cases: 3

Dec. 1 total cases: 28
Nov. 30 total cases: 27
Increase in cases: 1

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of Dec. 1, there are 13,626,022 COVID cases in the United States, an increase of 178,395 new cases since yesterday. There are now 269,763 deaths in America due to COVID, an increase of 2,461 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.

Community Health and Wellness in Winsted, located at 10 Center Street, will be holding COVID tests on Monday, Dec. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please be advised, this is not a drive thru testing site, and individuals will need to line up outside for testing. The testing is free and confidential. For more information call 860-489-0931.

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.

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.”

Vaccines: On Dec. 2, Britain approved the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccine. Doses of the vaccine will be available for use next week.

Back in America, Big Y announced that they would offer free COVID vaccines to its customers in Connecticut and Massachusetts when they become available.

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