A mobile vaccination unit parked outside
A mobile vaccination unit parked outside of Faith Bible Church on Saturday, April 17.

This week in Winsted, two seperate Covid vaccination clinics were held by Griffin Health.
The clinics were open to residents of Winsted, Colebrook, New Hartford and Barkhamsted.
The first one was held on Thursday, April 15 at 44 Elm Street, the old Bank of America building, while the second one was held on Saturday, April 17 at Faith Bible Church on Main Street.

Residents walking out of a vaccine clinic held at the Faith Bible Church on April 17.

Originally, both clinics were supposed to have administered one dose Johnson and Johnson vaccines.
However, on April 13 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that a small number of cases of severe blood clots have developed in people after receiving the vaccine.
According to the FDA, all reports occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred six to 13 days after vaccination.
It is not known at this time when Johnson and Johnson vaccinations will be allowed to be used again by the CDC and FDA.
In the meantime, residents at the April 15 clinic received vaccines developed by Pfizer, while residents at the April 17 clinic received vaccines developed by Moderna.
The clinics were part of a mobile vaccine unit developed by the state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
It is not known when further clinics will be scheduled for the area.

Number of new cases from March 28 to April 10
Winsted: 16
Torrington: 219
Barkhamsted: 8
Colebrook: 4
New Hartford: 26
Norfolk: 1

Statistics as of Thursday, April 15:
Total Covid cases in Connecticut: 329,062
Litchfield County confirmed cases: 13,859
Probable cases: 1,532
Confirmed deaths: 252
Probable deaths: 37
Currently hospitalized: 12

Total cases by town
Winsted: 581
Torrington: 3,347
Barkhamsted: 152
Colebrook: 56
New Hartford: 345
Norfolk: 63

Percentage of residents vaccinated by town – all ages as of April 15
Winsted: 43.56
Torrington: 44.01
Barkhamsted: 54.52
Colebrook: 53.36
New Hartford: 55.33
Norfolk: 50

Testing: Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s drive-thru testing is at 211 High Street in Torrington. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Community Health & Wellness (CHWC): Community Health & Wellness (CHWC), Torrington, CT, will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing throughout the month of April. Testing will be conducted on Fridays in an outdoor tent at its Torrington facility at 469 Migeon Avenue, from 9:30 a.m. until noon.  The dates are: April 23, and April 30.  

Testing is open to all and available on a first come first serve basis, with no appointment, insurance, symptoms, or doctor order needed.  For those who wish to preregister, a form can be found on the CHWC website at www.chwctorr.org. The test is free, with results known within three days.

In addition, CHWC will continue to offer periodic pop-up testing throughout the region.  The Torrington center is also taking appointments and walk-ins Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. for the month of April.  To pre-register call 860-387-0400.

To date, CHWC has conducted more than 6,000 COVID-19 tests. 

For more information, call 860-489-0931.

Vaccinations: Please note, this is the current vaccination location list as of March 4. Updated locations will be added as information becomes available

Vaccination locations State vaccination information website: https://portal.ct.gov/Vaccine-Portal

CVS Pharmacy at 49 Main Street in Winsted is scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments to individuals.

Please note that if problems are experienced with Internet Explorer, try using the Google Chrome browser to navigate their site. Residents without computer access may call (888) 300-4419.

Please click here for a link to make an appointment through CVS

Winsted Stop and Shop: 200 New Hartford Rd, Winsted  (860) 738-2707

Other vaccine providers – all located in Torrington:

Walmart Pharmacy – 970 Torringford Street – no phone appointments available

Walgreens Pharmacy – 28 Elm Street – no phone appointments available

Torrington Area Health District – 350 Main Street – no phone appointments available

Hartford Healthcare 153 South Main Street – 860-827-7690

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital – 540 Main Street – 860-827-7690

Big Y Pharmacy: 504 Winsted Road, Torrington – (860) 489-2970

Petricones Torrington Pharmacy: 110 East Main Street, Torrington – (860) 489-5511

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