WECANN COVID report Dec. 9: doses of vaccine may be in Connecticut by end of the week

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Headlines: Tomorrow, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be holding a hearing to discuss the emergency use authorization application for the Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine.
A report from the FDA has indicated that the vaccine is safe and effective after one dose.
This morning at their weekly press conference, representatives from Hartford HealthCare spoke about plans for distribution of the vaccine.
Eric Arlia, Director of Systems Pharmacy at Hartford HealthCare, said that they expect to receive doses of the vaccine as early as Friday, Dec. 11.
“The CDC that told us that they will ship the vaccine within 24 hours of approval,” Arlia said. “We have teams ready and even if it comes over the weekend we will be prepared to receive it.”
Arlia said that the first allocation of vaccine doses would go to Hartford Hospital.
“But we will be supporting clinics to vaccinate health care providers within our system at all of our acute care facilities,” Arlia said. “The allocation of the vaccine will be split between health systems and nursing homes in the state. For these first few weeks, we will be focused on managing our side of the equation which is our health care providers.”
Arlia said that vaccinating health care employees who are treating COVID patients will be Hartford HealthCare’s top priority.
Hartford HealthCare is the affiliate of Torrington’s Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

Hospital capacity
Meanwhile, the federal government has released national data on how many inpatient and ICU beds are available at hospitals on a weekly basis.
The data is available on National Public Radio’s website.
According to the data listed on the website, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, 19 percent of adult inpatient beds are currently being used by COVID-19 patients, while 59 percent of adult inpatient beds are being used overall in the hospital. On a seven day average, there are 26 patients being treated daily for COVID-19.
There is no data listed for Sharon Hospital, Litchfield County’s other major hospital.

Statistics
On Wednesday, Dec. 9, the state reported that the COVID-19 total case rate is now 140,548, an increase of 2,290 cases.
The daily test positivity rate is now 7.56 percent, down by 1.04 percent, since yesterday.

There are currently 1,262 residents hospitalized, which is up by 39 residents since yesterday.

The death rate is 5,285, 43 more deaths since yesterday.

Litchfield County:
Dec. 8 total cases: 5,569, an increase 98 cases since Dec. 7

Winsted:
Dec. 8 total cases: 247 – an increase of 8 total cases since Dec. 7.

Torrington:
Dec. 8 total cases: 1,558, an increase of 17 total cases since Dec. 7.

Barkhamsted:
Dec. 8 total cases: 68 – an increase of one total case since Dec. 7.

Colebrook:
Dec. 8 total cases: 21 – no increase in cases.

New Hartford:
Dec. 8 total cases: 134 – an increase of 2 total cases since Dec. 7.

Norfolk:
Dec. 8 total cases: 31 – no increase in cases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): as of Dec. 9, there are 15,040,175 COVID cases in the United States, an increase of 217,046 new cases since yesterday. There are now 285,351 deaths in America due to COVID, an increase of 2,566 since yesterday.

Testing: Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s drive-thru testing is 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.

Schools: The Winchester School District has moved sixth grade to distance learning “due to a positive COVID case that has impacted staffing at the sixth grade level.” See story at this link.

Winchester Public School district will be holding their “Covid Conversation” virtual meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

For more information go to the school district’s Facebook page at this link.

To send community information, including resources for residents, email winstedphoenix@gmail.com

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