Municipalities launch various plans to distribute COVID tests – NBC Connecticut



“Knowing that we have the material on hand and can distribute it, I think that will give people some comfort,” West Haven Public Works Commissioner Tom McCarthy said.

Public works crews recovered the city’s 7,000 tests from the National Guard’s collection site in North Haven on Monday.

“We’re going to finalize the plan hopefully this afternoon with exactly how we’re going to do it and get all of these kits out to the citizens as quickly as possible,” said Joe Soto, West Haven emergency management director.

Long queues for home kits could be spotted all over the state from Wethersfield to Rocky Hill to Woodbridge.

“They are very hard to find,” said Lou Puglisi, who stood in line at Woodbridge. Officials there also received their kits on Monday morning and started distributing them at 11:30 am.

“The residents have been incredibly patient,” said Betsy Yagla, Assistant Administrative Officer at Woodbridge. “I think they understand that we have 675 tests for 9,000 residents.”

It was a lot less than they thought, so they revised their plan.

“For now, our first selectman has asked people to come only if they are symptomatic, if they have had known exposure or if they have regular contact with a vulnerable person,” Yagla said.

After the past two weeks, it could turn out that a lot of people across the state are looking for a test. Evelyn Lucas was happy to cross the line at Woodbridge in about 20 minutes.

“I haven’t been feeling well for about a week so I figured after the vacation I would get tested,” Lucas said.

In New Haven, 500 public school staff were out of work Monday, along with 52 bus drivers. City officials say this highlights the need for home testing of the educational community.

“We are trying to make sure that we prioritize New Haven public school staff, essential workers, and students who have symptoms or known exposure to COVID,” said Mayor Justin Elicker.

That’s why a large portion of their 9,000 state tests are aimed at these groups. They also have 16,000 self-acquired tests to help cover essential workers and first responders.

“So that people who are symptomatic and who have been exposed to a known case of COVID can get tested so they can return to work,” Elicker said.

Next on the list: vulnerable groups across the city. More than 5,000 tests and 6,000 N95 masks were sent this morning to community groups and city officials.

“Our thirty alder boards were here to pick up masks, pick up test kits, get them into their wards,” said Rick Fontana, director of emergency operations for New Haven.

They hope to send some to the general population if another shipment arrives.

Health officials expect the highly contagious variant of omicron to remain dominant over the next few weeks, so they are reminding people to get vaccinated and get vaccinated to protect against serious infections.

“We want to make sure you understand the risk you are taking when choosing not to get vaccinated,” said Maritza Bond, director of New Haven Health. “It’s really very contagious. It is important that the community continues to be vigilant as we navigate this wave of cases. “


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