Groton officials discuss distribution plans for at-home COVID tests

New London

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) – At-home COVID tests have been hard to come by lately. There are two in each kit.

“It can be administered to two different people but ideally what it’s supposed to do is you wait a day or two and then take the second test,” explained Town of Groton Police Chief Louis J. Fusaro.

Soon, more people may be able to get the test. Once the tests arrive in Connecticut, cities and towns plan to pick them up from the state and distribute them to their residents.

Officials in Groton initially planned to go to Hartford on Thursday, pick up the tests and distribute them at Fitch High School that afternoon. However, Governor Ned Lamont announced Wednesday the arrival of the shipment of at-home tests to Connecticut has been delayed.

Like most cities and towns, when they do receive the tests, Groton has a plan in place to hopefully make that distribution go smoothly and easily.

For residents in Groton, all people will have to do is go to the high school entrance, drive up to the senior parking area which is where the painted parking spaces are, get the COVID-19 tests, and then exit toward the middle school.

Residents will be limited to two kits, which contain two tests each, but officials are asking if residents only need one test to only take one because then there will be more for others.

“We’re limiting the amount people can get just so other people can have access to them as well,” Fusaro said.

RELATED: Connecticut plans to distribute 3M at-home COVID tests, 6M N95 masks

“They should expect to see a pick-up truck or a vehicle parked in the middle and we’ll have the vehicles split off side by side, and at that point, our volunteers and the officers here will be distributing the test kits to the people in their cars,” said Capt. James Bee, Town of Groton Police.

Residents are asked to wear a mask and bring identification.

“A photo ID with any type of piece of mail, tax records to prove that you’re a resident of the town of Groton,” Bee said.

The town realizes some can’t make it to the distribution site because of health or other reasons.

“We’ll do the best that we can to help them out as well,” Fusaro said.

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