Headlines: State gets ready for vaccination distribution
At a press conference on Dec. 7, Gov. Ned Lamont said that the state is continuing to prepare for vaccination distribution. He said that the state has ordered 32,000 doses for the COVID vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech.
On Thursday, Dec. 10, a public hearing will be held by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss approving the Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Lamnot said that, if the Emergency Use Authorization is approved by the FDA, 16,000 doses will go to hospitals and administration of the vaccine will begin on Dec. 14, while 16,000 doses will go to long term care facilities with administration of the vaccine starting on Dec. 21.
“We will be making weekly orders for the vaccine going forward while tracking the administration and demand for the vaccine,” he said.
Gov. Lamont said that he will sign an executive order that would expand the number of providers who can administer the vaccine, which will include small independent pharmacies, along with national chains including CVS and Walgreens.
“We will be getting them up to speed and ready to go as soon as we can ramp up our capacity for vaccinations,” he said.
As for residents hospitalized due to COVID symptoms, Lamont said that there are currently 1,183 residents hospitalized, which is down by 33 residents since Dec. 4.
Gov. Lamont said that the weekly average for new hospital COVID cases is 150 residents.
He said that half of new hospital admissions were residents under 70 years-old.
“They’ve been as young as 20 [years-old],” Gov. Lamont said. “Sometimes weight is a contributing factor. Be careful because at whatever your age, you can be infectious.”
On Monday, Dec. 7, the state reported that the COVID-19 total case rate is now 135,844, an increase of 8,129 cases since Friday, Dec. 4.
The daily test positivity rate is now 6.61, up by 1.09 percent since yesterday.
There are currently 1,183 residents hospitalized, which is down by 33 residents since Dec. 4.
The death rate is 5,224, 78 more deaths since Dec. 4
Dec. 6 total cases: 5,358 – an increase of 427 total cases since Dec. 4
Dec. 6 total cases: 232 – an increase of 26 total cases since Dec. 4
Dec. 6 total cases: 1,512 – an increase of 86 total cases since Dec. 4
Dec. 6 total cases: 67 – an increase of 3 total cases since Dec. 4
Dec. 6 total cases: 21 – no increase in cases
Dec. 6 total cases: 130 – an increase of 9 total cases since Dec. 4
Dec. 6 total cases: 31 – an increase of 2 total cases since Dec. 4
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of Dec. 1, there are 14,636,914 COVID cases in the United States, an increase of 174,387 new cases since yesterday. There are now 281,253 deaths in America due to COVID, an increase of 1,118 since yesterday.
Testing: As of Monday, Dec. 7, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital will have its drive-thru testing at 211 High Street in Torrington from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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: 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.
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