WECAN Initiative COVID report Dec. 30: Positivity rate goes up to nine percent, vaccine distribution continues

Gov. Ned Lamont (D) speaking at his press conference on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Gov. Ned Lamont (D) speaking at his press conference on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

According to data released on Wednesday, Dec. 30, the state’s COVID positivity rate is now up to 9.14 percent.
This is a jump from Dec. 29 where the reported positivity rate was 5.64 percent.

In a press conference before today’s positivity rate was released, Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said that the state’s positivity rate had been stable for the last month.

“But, no man is an island,” Gov. Lamont warned. “New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts are all having positivity rates spiking up. It’s going to be a very cautious couple of weeks coming up. I know that New Year’s Eve is a time for great merriment, but the restaurants are all closing at 10 p.m. and the bars are closed. Stay close to home. Some people believe that, because we’re doing well, we don’t have to keep our guard up. That’s the wrong message to have.”

As of Dec. 30, New York’s positivity rate is at 8 percent, Massachusetts is at 8.4 percent, while Rhode Island is at 8.8 percent.

Meanwhile, the state has administered 54,727 vaccine doses. According to Gov. Lamont, Connecticut has the highest percentage of doses administered in the Northeast and is the sixth highest percentage of doses nationally.

However, as several news outlets have reported, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that over 11 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed, with only 2.1 million administered.

This is far short of the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed program’s goal of 20 million doses administered to people by January 1.

According to the state, as of Dec. 29 there are 183,663 reported cases of COVID, an increase of 1,696 from Dec. 28
There are currently 1,167 residents hospitalized due to COVID, a decrease of 59 residents from Dec. 28.
There are 5,964 reported deaths due to COVID, an increase of 40 deaths from Dec. 28.

In Litchfield, 7,422 cases have been reported, an increase of 83 cases from Dec. 28.

Dec. 29 total cases: 351 – five new cases

Dec. 29 total cases: 1,918 – 23 new cases

Dec. 29 total cases: 85 – one new case

Dec. 29 total cases: 26 – no increase

New Hartford:
Dec. 28 total cases: 182 – no increase

Dec. 28 total cases: 47 – one new case

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): as of Dec. 28, there are 19,432,125 COVID cases in the United States, an increase of 199,282 new cases since yesterday. There are now 337,419 deaths in America due to COVID, an increase of 3,390 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 be continuing to offer free weekly walk-up/line up COVID-19 testing on Fridays throughout the month of January at its Torrington facility on 469 Migeon Avenue from 9:30 a.m. until noon and another pop-up testing site on Monday January 11th at Salisbury Visiting Nurses Association, 30A Salmon Kill Road, from 9:30 until 12 p.m.

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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