NEWINGTON - Hartford HealthCare has opened a new COVID-19 testing site in town.
Located at HHC’s System Support Office at 181 Patricia M. Genova Drive, the drive-up site can be found right beside the Curtis Building and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Access to testing is critical,” HHC President and CEO Jeffrey Flaks said. “We have been focused on helping the state increase its testing capability so that we are better able to understand who is infected. We know about 40 percent of the people who carry the virus or are positive do not show symptoms, and testing plays a critical role in controlling the spread and in containment.”
Newington’s site is one of three new fixed locations the organization added the first week of May, expanding access to testing to residents throughout Connecticut. The other sites are in Westport and Mystic.
HHC is now deploying mobile testing units to nursing facilities as well, including its own Jefferson House in Newington and dense urban neighborhoods like the north end of Hartford.
Staff’s goal is to increase testing system-wide to about 2,500 people per day.
“We’ve been working very hard at expanding our testing capabilities and creating our mobile capacity that we will be rolling out now every day so that we can increase access, bring our care, bring our services, bring our testing to people who need it most, most conveniently and where it will make the greatest difference,” Flaks explained.
Testing takes less than three minutes, and visitors to the new site are required to have a referral from a physician or advanced practitioner provider. Providers can send a secure email with the appropriate information on the patient being referred to HHCCOVID19TEST@hhchealth.org. Those without a healthcare provider are asked to call the HHC Clinical Command Center at 860-972-8100 to obtain a referral.
State Sen. Matt Lesser lent his support to HHC for opening up the new site, which will increase access to residents living within his district, including the towns of Newington, Middletown, Wethersfield, Cromwell and Rocky Hill.
“Access to testing for people suffering symptoms or who believe they’ve been exposed to COVID-19 is vital, which is why I’m happy Hartford HealthCare is expanding texting access in Newington,” Lesser said. “The more people we can test, the better we can identify COVID, and the better we can identify COVID, the better we can limit and control its spread.”
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