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Town of Bethel Latest COVID-19 Update: New Infections in Bethel Have Risen

Report by Paula Antolini, March 19, 2021, 11:45AM EDT

Friday, March 19, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: CURRENT STATUS AND VACCINE INFORMATION

Dear friends and neighbors,

There are a number of new pieces of information we have to share today, some good and some
less so, but it’s important that all of us know the facts so we can make good decisions. First the
good news.

VACCINE AVAILABILITY INCREASES

As of today, March 19th , all adults aged 45 and up are eligible to register to get in the cue for a
vaccine. Please keep in mind that that when you register with the Town of Bethel clinic, it still
may take a few weeks for your appointment to come up, but rest assured, you will get one.
General availability for all people aged 16 and up will begin April 5th.

To register with the Town of Bethel clinic, please click here:
https://www.bethel-ct.gov/content/117/478/20695.aspx
Town of Bethel COVID Vaccine hotline: 203-794-8523

Vaccines are also available by appointment at certain CVS and Walgreen’s drug stores, and
coming soon to Walmart pharmacies around the state. Visit these company’s websites for
scheduling information:

CVS https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine
Walgreen’s https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp
Walmart https://corporate.walmart.com/covid-vaccine

BETHEL POSTIVITY RATE INCREASED IN THE PAST 7 DAYS

And now for the not-so-good news: unfortunately, after declining for several weeks in a row,
Bethel’s positivity rate of new infections took a bit of a jump this past week. The rate for the past
seven days now stands at 4.6%, up from the previous week’s rate of 3.0%. That is still a huge
improvement from the nearly 12% rate just six weeks ago, but we never want to see it go in the
wrong direction.

So, please, everyone, I urge everyone to please keep doing all the things we all need to do to stay
safe. The governor is relaxing restrictions and more and more people are being protected by
receiving the vaccine, but the numbers show we are not quite out of the woods just yet.
Please continue to wear your masks in public, be mindful of social distancing and keep your
family members safe.

Thank you!
Matt Knickerbocker

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