Headlines: Phase 1B rollout continues
The state announced that Phase 1B of the COVID-19 Vaccine rollout will begin on Monday, Jan. 18 for residents 75 years and older.
Residents will be contacted by their healthcare provider if the provider is participating in the state’s vaccine program. A list of participating providers is available at ct.gov/covidvaccine.
An application form that allows individuals to schedule an appointment can be accessed at ct.gov/covidvaccine.
Residents without internet access can call Connecticut’s COVID Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line at 877-918-2224
According to a press release issued by the state, In the upcoming weeks Phase 1B will be expanded to include: residents between 65 and 74 years-old, and residents between 16 and 64 years-old who have underlying health conditions.
Questions remain about vaccine distribution
At his press conference on Thursday, Jan. 14, Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said that 1.3 million residents will soon be eligible to be vaccinated as part of Phase 1B.
However, with only 46,000 doses a week currently being sent to Connecticut, it might take at least seven months to vaccinate everyone eligible in Phase 1B.
“We’ll see how many of them [in the group] wants to take the vaccine,” Gov. Lamont said. “Obviously, we are encouraging people to take the vaccine. We are going to get an extra dose of 50,000 vaccines, and we hope the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be rolling out in the near future, within the next six weeks. This could greatly increase our allocation.”
The vaccine currently in the works by Johnson and Johnson is a single dose vaccine, as opposed to both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines which needs to be administered twice to be effective.
“Let’s wait and see, but there are some chances to speed up the timeline,” Gov. Lamont said.
Positivity rate goes down again
The COVID-19 positivity test rate for Jan. 14 is at 4.37 percent.
This is substantially down from the rate on Jan. 12 of 10.72 percent, and the rate on Jan. 13 of 6.23 percent.
“The numbers are all bouncing around a little bit,” Gov. Lamont said. “We are lower than most of our neighbors and the national average. I’m having a hard time coming up with a rhyme or reason for why these numbers are bouncing around.”
According to state statistics, the following are new cases within the past two weeks:
New Hartford: 38
Jan. 10: 213,358 cases – 7,364 new cases
Jan. 11: 217,047 cases – 3,689 new cases
Jan. 12: 220,576 cases – 3,529 new cases
Jan. 13: 221,544 – 968 new cases
Jan. 10: 1,142 patients – 33 new patients
Jan. 11: 1,154 – 12 new patients
Jan. 12: 1,148 – down by six patients
Jan. 13: 1,118 – down by 30 patients
Jan. 10: 6,416 – 92 new deaths
Jan. 11: 6,449 – 31 new deaths
Jan. 12: 6,536 – 87 new deaths
Jan. 13: 6,553 – 17 new deaths
Jan. 10: 8,496
Jan. 11: 8,631
Jan. 12: 8,750
Jan. 13: 8,796
Winsted total cases:
Jan. 10: 388
Jan. 11: 393
Jan. 12: 400
Jan. 13: 401
Torrington total cases:
Jan. 10: 2,170
Jan. 11: 2,201
Jan. 12: 2,233
Jan. 13: 2,240
Barkhamsted total cases:
Jan. 10: 98
Jan. 11: 103
Jan. 12: 106
Jan. 13: 106
Colebrook total cases:
Jan. 10: 31
Jan. 11: 31
Jan. 12: 31
Jan. 13: 31
New Hartford total cases:
Jan. 10: 212
Jan. 11: 219
Jan. 12: 221
Jan. 13: 222
Norfolk total cases:
Jan. 10: 53
Jan. 11: 53
Jan. 12: 53
Jan. 13: 53
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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