Community announcements Feb. 18

Community Announcements

Covid testing in Torrington adjusting hours of operation
TORRINGTON —  The Hartford HealthCare and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Covid
Drive-thru testing site at 211 High Street will be adjusting is hours of operation to Monday through Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 8 to 10 a.m. as specific times for patients needing pre-surgery or medical procedure testing. This change is effective Sunday, Feb. 21. The site will no longer be open on Sundays.

This testing is for patients who are experiencing symptoms and may have possible exposure. They are tested without leaving their vehicles. The testing can accommodate adults and children of all ages, when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
To help expedite testing, you are encouraged to get a doctor’s referral. If you do not have a doctor, call the Hartford HealthCare Community Care Center at 1-833-621-0600 for assistance.

How does it work? Patients drive up to the testing site where the test is performed by highly-trained colleagues outfitted in protective clothing, including a gown, goggles, mask and gloves. There are two types of tests. Both are effective in diagnosing COVID-19. In one, our colleague uses a long swab to sample in the back of the patient’s nose. In the other test, the patient (under supervision of the colleague) swabs in the inside of both nostrils. The colleague collects the sample and it is sent
for evaluation.

After testing, patients are given follow-up instructions and information about self-isolation. Patients receive their results online through MyChart.

Visit for the latest testing updates and information or call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline toll-free at 1-833-621-0600.

ECAD Lions Club Branch adds 10 more members

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WINSTED —   The Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) Lions Club Branch recently inducted its’ 10 newest members at their monthly meeting.  New ECAD Lions members include: Cheryl Carriere, Joe Cipriani, Catherine and David Davignon, Barbara Hayward, Joe and Joe Ann Jackson, Jim Morgan, Mary Tazzara and Linda Vivian.  The ECAD Lions were launched in June 2020 under the auspices of Lion Dave Roberts and is now one of the fastest growing Lions Clubs in Connecticut.  Club President Carrie Picard said at the recent new member installation: “We are so pleased to partner with Lions Clubs International and form this specialty Lions Club which supports those with special needs that can be helped with a service dog.  We now have 19 members and continue to add new members each month.  Barkhamsted Lions Club is our sponsor through the great support of Lion Jackie Martin and Terryville Lions provides us Lion Sue Boilard as our Guiding Lion.”  For more information or if you have a passion to work with service dogs and would like to join the ECAD Lions Club Branch, please contact Lion Jackie Martin at or 860-379-2019.

Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library Announcement

Beardsley and Memorial Library Announcements

Torrington Library announcements

Torrington Historical Society invites you to celebrate Black History Month by attending a free virtual program with Tammy Denease, an actor and storyteller, who will portray Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman pilot. The event will take place online on Tuesday, February 23 at 6 p.m. Register at

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