New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker takes COVID-19 test at CVS rapid testing site

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker arrived at the CVS Health rapid testing site on Tuesday to get tested and encourages others to get tested.

The testing site at 60 Sergent Drive in Long Wharf is one of five testing sites in New Haven. It’s operated by CVS Health and can test up to 750 Connecticut residents daily. Today, one of those tested was Mayor Justin Elicker.

Its been in operation since April 17 of this year. The mayor says this site is a free testing process, from the collection of the swab sample to the delivery of the results. Altogether, it takes approximately thirty minutes using the Abbot ID Now COVID-19 test.

The CVS testing site can test up to 750 people a day free of charge, so they’re asking you to go online to ‪cvs.com‬ and schedule an appointment.

The city says if you need a ride, you may call 2-1-1, and there will be a taxi sent to take you to-and-from the testing site also free of charge.

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The mayor says contact tracing and aggressive COVID-19 testing are two important tools to reopening up Elm City.

Meanwhile, the city is inching towards the reopening date of May 20. Preparations are underway for the gradual reopening of the city as businesses work with city leaders.

“There are some safeguards that are cross-cutting all the sectors. The 50 percent capacity limit, the requirement for a program administrator, and the self-certification protocol are all very important. They are going to be a major part of our assistance efforts because those are areas where businesses will be checked in compliance,” Michael Piscitelli. Economic Development Administrator, New Haven.’

The city plans on reaching out to individual businesses by email and holding webinars to help those have a successful re-opening. Those webinars ‪start Thursday‬.

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