Fairfield to distribute 7,700 COVID-19 testing kits Thursday

People wait in line for their scheduled appointments at Hartford HealthCare’s new mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic on the west campus of Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield, Conn. March 10, 2021.

People wait in line for their scheduled appointments at Hartford HealthCare’s new mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic on the west campus of Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield, Conn. March 10, 2021.

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FAIRFIELD — Town officials will be distributing more than 7,000 COVID-19 at-home rapid test kits on Thursday.

In a message to residents, First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said Fairfield will be receiving about 7,710 kits to distribute to residents, with two tests per kit. She said officials were told the kits would come in on Thursday morning.

“With Fairfield’s population at 61,000 residents, the amount the state is providing doesn’t allow for all our residents to receive a test kit,” Kupchick said. “Therefore the Emergency Management Team felt it was important to prioritize the distribution for residents that are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone who tested positive.”

Kupchick said the kits would be distributed on Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., or until supplies last, at Roger Ludlowe Middle School. She said all traffic has to enter at 440 Mill Plain Rd., which is adjacent to Sturges Park.

“Residents must enter the site from Mill Plain Road. The Fairfield Police Department will be managing traffic, and I ask that you please follow the directional signs and cones to keep the flow of traffic moving quickly,” she said.

She said proof of residency can be shown with a driver’s license or a valid 2021 Fairfield beach or dump sticker. Two kits, meaning four tests total, will be distributed per household.

The news about the testing kits comes after Gov. Ned Lamont announced plans to distribute 3 million of these tests and 6 million N95 masks on Monday. It comes as part of an effort in Connecticut to help curb the spread of the virus during this heavy travel and holiday season.

The test kits, bought by the state using approximately $18.5 million in federal dollars, will go out to cities and towns beginning this week, Lamont said in a press conference Monday as state agencies scrambled to secure the purchases.

An additional 1 million test kits, each with two tests per kit, will be distributed to schools statewide beginning in January. Lamont said his strategy was to “keep our schools open safely.” His office said distribution of those kits, which will also include a supply of N95 masks, will begin in January and continue through the school year as supplies last.

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