A public service announcement from the Ad Council and the Centers for Disease Control.
A public service announcement from the Ad Council and the Centers for Disease Control.

NORTHWEST CORNER —  At the end of the week on Friday, Aug. 6, the state reported a Covid-19 daily positivity rate of 3.52 percent, along with 174 patients in the hospital due to Covid symptoms.

There are now a total of 358,076 reported Covid cases all across the state.

At the end of the week, seven municipalities were listed under “red alert” status, which is 15 or more new cases per 100,000 residents. Much of the state is now under “yellow alert” including New Hartford, which has five to nine new cases per 100,000 residents.

On Thursday, Aug. 6, Gov. Ned Lamont signed Executive Order No. 13A which provides municipal leaders the option of requiring masks indoors in public places in their towns and cities.

As of Aug. 6, Litchfield County has 13,209 confirmed Covid cases and 1,755 probable cases, along with two residents hospitalized for Covid symptoms.

Statistics by town

CasesDeathsPercentage fully vaccinated
New Hartford384361.9

According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), some of the blame for the increase in Covid cases is the Delta variant, which is now the predominant strain of the Covid virus in the United States.

However, according to the CDC: “Unvaccinated people remain the greatest concern: Although breakthrough infections happen much less often than infections in unvaccinated people, individuals infected with the Delta variant, including fully vaccinated people with symptomatic breakthrough infections, can transmit it to others. CDC is continuing to assess data on whether fully vaccinated people with asymptomatic breakthrough infections can transmit. However, the greatest risk of transmission is among unvaccinated people who are much more likely to contract, and therefore transmit the virus.

Fully vaccinated people with Delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others. However, vaccinated people appear to be infectious for a shorter period: Previous variants typically produced less virus in the body of infected fully vaccinated people (breakthrough infections) than in unvaccinated people. In contrast, the Delta variant seems to produce the same high amount of virus in both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people. However, like other variants, the amount of virus produced by Delta breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated people also goes down faster than infections in unvaccinated people. This means fully vaccinated people are likely infectious for less time than unvaccinated people.”

Vaccine clinics:

Click here for a list of vaccine clinics across the Northwest Corner.

Community Health and Wellness offers vaccine clinics every Friday at both of their locations in Winsted and Torrington.