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Update Regarding COVID-19 – April 17th.

Posted on April 17, 2020 by Admin


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As you all are aware, the COVID-19 outbreak has had an economic, social and communal impact we have not seen before. Both the State and Federal governments have implemented several financial programs and packages available for those effected financially from the outbreak. For those who have filed for the Economic Impact Payment, you can see the status of the payment by visiting, https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment

On Thursday, the governor announced an advisory board assigned to formulate a plan in reopening Connecticut. The Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group will be co-chaired by Indra Nooyi, who is the current board co-chair of AdvanceCT and the former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo. Nooyi will be joined with seven other business and healthcare experts will focus on when it is appropriate and how we will reopen businesses and schools in our state. Factors being examined by the group will include:

  • When there is a 14-day decline of cases/hospitalizations

  • Mass testing

  • The ability to protect high-risk populations

  • An adequate supply of PPE

  • Continued physical distancing regulations

  • Adequate healthcare capacity for all

I am encouraged by the announcement of Free, rapid COVID-19 tests available to eligible CT residents in New Haven at the former Gateway Community College campus at Long Wharf. With their rapid response tests, CVS Health is planning to conduct up to 750 tests per day, seven days a week. The testing process takes 30 mins from the collection of the swab to the delivery of the results. More information on how to sign up for testing is available below.

Please feel to reach out during this time to Terrie.Wood@cga.ct.gov.

I will continue to update my website with daily reports from the Governor and Executive Orders, which can be viewed here.

 

Free, rapid COVID-19 tests available to eligible CT residents.

The State of Connecticut has formed a partnership with CVS Health in an initiative that will make free, rapid COVID-19 tests available to eligible Connecticut residents.

This includes the opening today of the state’s first rapid testing site at the former Gateway Community College campus at Long Wharf in New Haven.

Using the new Abbott ID NOW™ COVID-19 test, CVS Health is planning to conduct up to 750 tests per day, seven days a week.

All patients seeking to be tested will be required to pre-register in advance online.

Here’s how it works:

  • Anyone experiencing certain COVID-19 related symptoms and risk factors as defined by CDC guidelines, as well as those who meet certain requirements including state residency and age guidelines, are eligible.

  • All patients must register online and schedule a time slot prior to arriving to the test site. Anyone who does not have an appointment will not be tested. Tests can be scheduled for the same day or up to two days in advance. To register, visit www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing.

  • The testing will not take place at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic locations, but will be held at the former Gateway Community College parking lot (60 Sargent Drive, New Haven). For the safety of patients and health care providers, all patients must arrive in a vehicle. At this time, walk-up testing is not being offered.

  • When patients arrive, they are required to remain in their vehicles. Team members will check their registration and direct them through the testing process. Health care providers, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants from MinuteClinic, will be on-site to oversee the testing.

  • The process takes approximately 30 minutes from the collection of the swab to the delivery of the results.

  • Testing is available at no charge to the public.

More information, Please Visit here.