Charter Oak, Trinity Health partner up to launch COVID-19 mobile testing program in Hartford

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– State and local leaders announced the launch a new mobile COVID-19 testing program by Trinity Health of New England and Charter Oak Health Center on Thursday.

“When it comes to the folks who most need the testing, who are most likely to get infected, most likely to have complications, we are bringing the testing right to you,” said Governor Ned Lamont.

Governor Lamont added that Hartford was hit hard, as of right now the city has the second highest fatalities in the state. Meanwhile testing continues to go up.

He said, “All the key metrics are headed in the right direction. That means hospitalizations continue down. I think they’re about two-third off their peek.”

The mobile program provides free testing in 19 different locations. No appointments are needed and walk-ups are welcome until June 18. 

Hartford has nine permanent testing sites at hospitals and CVS stores. 

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin added, “You don’t have to wait until this testing comes to you. In this small city, there is testing available to you. Seek it out and get tested, but we are going to do everything we can to make sure you can walk around the corner to get tested.”

To date, there are 165 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Hartford county.

“There is a very high concentration of nursing homes and we have been carefully looking at the data trying to understand those numbers, and I think as you know, fatalities have been highest in our nursing homes,” added Mayor Bronin. 

The program will bring more testing to communities that don’t have the same resources as others.

“Just as the pandemic has hit some of the communities of color more than others, so has the consequences of unequal access to healthcare, both during Covid and historically,” said State Rep. Brandon McGee, with the 5th district.

Senator Richard Blumenthal said, “The disparity in death between poor, black and brown and other communities is a national scandal. It is a disgrace and embarrassment to the wealthiest most powerful country in the world.”

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