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Stories and information in our region on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Connecticut To Ramp Up Virus Testing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont says COVID-19 testing will be increased through an agreement between one of the state’s largest healthcare providers and a national medical lab.  

Lamont says the agreement between Hartford HealthCare and Quest Diagnostics is part of the state’s effort to ramp up COVID-19 testing.

He says increased testing is needed because 40% of people tested do not show symptoms of COVID-19.

“Right now we are only able to test people who are showing symptoms, so we are missing an awful lot of the folks out there. And it’s important that we be able to capture that if we are ever able to get back to work safely.”

Under the agreement the group's hospitals in Hartford, Bridgeport, New Britain and Norwich will ramp up testing from 500 to 2,500 a day. 

That would bring up the number of tests in Connecticut to 4,600 each day.

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As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.