Delay postpones Fairfield COVID test kit distribution

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A car drives to the COVID-19 specimen collection site at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Conn. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.

A car drives to the COVID-19 specimen collection site at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Conn. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.

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FAIRFIELD — Thursday’s distribution of at-home testing kits has been canceled due to a shipping delay, officials said.

“Test kit distribution is delayed per the Governor's Office,” the town wrote on its website. “No test kit distribution will happen in Fairfield on 12/30. We will post when we have more information.”

On Wednesday night, Gov. Ned Lamont put out a statement announcing the delays.

“Due to shipping and warehouse delays outside of the state of Connecticut’s control, our state’s anticipated shipment of COVID-19 at-home rapid tests are currently delayed from arriving in Connecticut,” Lamont said. “My staff and multiple state agencies have spent the past several days working around the clock to accelerate the movement of our tests through what is clearly a shipping and distribution bottleneck on the West Coast amid unprecedented international demand for tests.”

Fairfield is set to get about 7,7000 tests to distribute to residents.

“I am sorry to have to share that we were notified an hour ago by the Governor's office that the COVID test kits have not yet arrived in the state,” Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said in a statement late Wednesday. “I am very frustrated as I am sure you are too. It would have been helpful if the test kits were in the state before towns and cities were asked to set up distribution sites.”

She said they didn’t know when to expect the test kits.

“The Emergency Management Team will work as quickly as we can to distribute the tests as soon as we receive them,” Kupchick said.