WECAN Initiative COVID report Jan. 4: two percent of the state vaccinated

Gov. Ned Lamont at his press conference on Monday, Jan. 4.
Gov. Ned Lamont at his press conference on Monday, Jan. 4.

As of Monday, Jan. 3, Connecticut has administered 75,180 doses of COVID vaccinations, according to Gov. Ned Lamont (D).
Gov. Lamont talked about vaccinations, along with the state’s current COVID statistics, at his press conference on Monday, Jan. 4.
He said that Connecticut is one of seven states that has given vaccinations to two percent of its population.
Other states include West Virginia, Montana, North Dakota, and Maine.
“All of those states have small populations, so it’s a little more complicated [for Connecticut] because we are a very dense state with a lot of people,” Gov. Lamont said. “We have to be very thoughtful about how we roll out the vaccine. We need people to be notified and make sure they can get it on a timely basis.”
However, as has been widely reported, nationwide there has been a shortfall when it comes to vaccinations.
Originally, representatives from the federal government promised that 20 million people would be vaccinated by the end of 2020.
Instead, only 2.8 million vaccinations were administered.
Despite this, Gov. Lamont said that the state is pressing on with its vaccination plans.
He said that by the end of this week 100 percent of nursing home residents and employees will have had their first of the two-dose vaccination.
“Soon we will be moving into assisted nursing home facilities because those are the people most likely to suffer complications,” he said. “The state will be rolling [vaccination doses] out to pharmacies over the next couple of weeks. As we broaden our population, it will be easier for people to get their vaccine at a retail pharmacy.”
Gov. Lamont said that there are currently 85 locations in the state administering vaccinations.
He said that a vaccine allocation committee will meet soon to discuss the next phase of vaccination distribution.
“We don’t want to see the same thing that we are seeing in Florida, with people waiting in line for a vaccine for eight hours and then they ran out of it in four to five hours,” he said. “We want to make sure that the right group of people is getting the vaccine on a timely basis. If we find that we do have additional vaccines, we will continue to open up the lens a little bit more in terms of age groups, demographics, or other front line responders to make sure that every drop of that vaccine will be administered on a timely basis. I don’t want to leave anything to chance or leave anyone behind.”
Positivity rate: As of Jan.4, the positivity rate for the state is 5.29 percent.
“But as I said before, don’t be a day trader on this number,” Gov. Lamont said. “It’s worth noting that on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 we spiked up to nine percent. Currently, we have the sixth-lowest positivity rate in the country.”

Statistics
State:
Jan. 4 total cases: 194,636
Patients hospitalized: 1,111

Litchfield County:
Jan. 4 total cases: 7.826

Winsted:
Jan. 4 total cases: 362

Torrington:
Jan. 4 total cases: 2,014

Barkhamsted:
Jan. 4 total cases: 86

Colebrook:
Jan. 4 total cases: 29

New Hartford:
Jan. 4 total cases: 194

Norfolk:
Jan. 4 total cases: 49

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of Jan. 4, there are 20,558,489 COVID cases in the United States. There are now 350,664 deaths in America due to COVID.

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.
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