Sen. Blumenthal pushes for more coronavirus testing for veterans at West Haven VA

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WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — As the push continues to get more people tested for Covid-19, Connecticut’s VA hospitals are also doing the same to make sure veterans and patients are protected.

That’s where Senator Richard Blumenthal visited the VA Connecticut Healthcare System West Haven campus Monday.

During his visit, Senator Blumenthal highlighted how the VA Connecticut Healthcare System has made sure since the very start of the pandemic that all veterans have speedy and timely access to Covid-19 tests.

There they’ve done more than 25,000 tests for people from throughout New England and 6,000 tests for their own veterans.

“Maybe most important for this point in our fight against this pandemic, it’s quick, reliable, results,” said Blumenthal.

“Our staff really stood up and developed their own in-house CDC test. That was actually our very first test that turned around the results in about four hours. We’ve now actually gotten that down that we can turn the results around in about an hour, hour and a half, or so,” said Alfred Montoya Jr. , CEO, VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

Senator Blumenthal is also urging congress to pass the ‘Wear Your Mask Act,’ requiring everyone in federal buildings and facilities to wear your masks within six feet apart from others.

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