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Drive-Through Coronavirus Testing To Expand In Connecticut

Coronavirus Testing
Ted S. Warren
A nurse at a drive-up coronavirus testing station set up by the University of Washington Medical Center holds a swab used to take a sample from the nose of a person in a car Friday in Seattle.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont says drive-through testing for coronavirus is to expand in the state this week.

Lamont says Greenwich Hospital is already taking swabs from people to test for COVID-19, while Stamford Hospital begins Monday and Bristol Hospital is to follow shortly.

“Our choke point, as you know, is to be able to test and evaluate from there. We doubled our capacity at the public lab. We are now at Greenwich and some other places sending those samples out-of-state to Quest. They are beginning to expand our capacity to do testing as well. And I’m very hopeful that in the very near future, in the next few days, a number of hospitals will get the green light to do testing as well.”

Lamont says only people who have doctor’s orders would be tested. Those who are not feeling well should stay home and call their doctors to find out if they need to be tested.

Read the latest on WSHU’s coronavirus coverage here.