New Haven opens new walk-up coronavirus testing site to give more access to testing in hot spots

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven’s latest coronavirus testing site is now up and running. The fifth facility for COVID-19 testing opened for business Wednesday morning in the Dwight-Kensington neighborhood.

The experts keep saying that the key to opening up the economy is more testing. That is why a neighborhood basketball court on Chapel Street has now been turned into New Haven’s latest coronavirus testing site.

In underserved, economically-challenged neighborhoods like this one, folks are more likely to contract COVID-19 and less likely to own a car. That is why Murphy Medical Associates made this latest test site walk-up.

“We know many people do not have cars in areas where they need services the most,” said Dr. Steven Murphy of Murphy Medical Associates.

This is now the fifth testing site in New Haven, but the Mayor says it is still only people with symptoms who should get tested. 

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“Even though we have all these sites, there’s a limitation on the number of tests we can facilitate each,” explained New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker. “So if people are symptomatic, meaning they have a cough, they have a fever, those are the folks right now who should be tested.”

You step up, sign in, fill out some paperwork, and walk over to the testing area.

“At the testing area, you receive a nasopharyngeal swab,” Dr. Murphy explained. “That’s a swab that goes in your nose that checks for the virus .”

Results usually come back within three days. You can walk up and make an appointment, but you do need that appointment.

“At every site you’ve got to set up an appointment because they don’t want a lot of people arriving at one time and not being able to potentially manage that capacity, people potentially exposing each other,” said Mayor Elicker.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Justin Elicker reports the city now has 1,530 confirmed cases of the virus, and 57 related deaths.

Elicker reports the new testing sites first day was a big success: 20 people were tested.

But getting an appointment is an easy process.

“Register online on our website, or call the New Haven Public Health Department on their hotline and they will register you,” said Murphy.

The new site is on Chapel Street near Day Street. The testing sites at the Cornell Scott and Fair Haven medical centers are also walk-up, and New Haven has the two drive-up testing sites both on Sargent Drive near I-95.

The mayor reported Wednesday afternoon the Day Street site will be closed Thursday due to inclement weather but will reopen 8 a.m. Friday.

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