NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) – At Nutmeg Pharmacy in Norwich, people can walk up or drive up to get a COVID-19 test. There was no line on Thursday even though all across the state there were long lines at COVID testing sites.
Up to four hours before a Norwich testing site was even open, people seeking COVID-19 tests started arriving, their cars snaking around the Dodd Stadium parking lot. There were also some early arrivals at the Quinebaug Valley Community College testing site in Killingly.
“I’m here an hour early, yup because you have to do what you got to do,” said Gloria Marion of Putnam.
That site says test results come in between 24 and 48 hours but most others say it has been taking longer because of the volume.
“So wait and see and you know, fingers crossed,” Marion said.
A lot of people are finding there are empty shelves when they try to buy an at-home COVID testing kit. News 8 wanted to find out if there are any places where people could go so they could get tested and not have to wait for hours or too long. Independent pharmacies are a good option.
“The individuals just show up, pull into the parking lot, and give us a call when they’re here,” said pharmacist Cailin Wadja at Nutmeg Pharmacy.
“Extremely helpful because I know there are a lot of lines at other places right now and it’s really hard to find anyone who does COVID testing,” said Liz Dunn of Niantic.
Danielson Pharmacy in Killingly is administering two types of COVID tests. The PCR results are taking a little longer than usual with the holiday rush.
“It’s more on the three to four days but we also do rapid tests,” said Kyle McLaughlin, pharmacy manager at Danielson Pharmacy. “Those you get the results in 10 minutes. But those ones do cost $150.”
Also at Nutmeg Pharmacy, they did have some at-home COVID-19 tests, but they went very quickly. When News 8 called, they had four, and those were gone within an hour.
“Our wholesalers have a daily maximum of two COVID tests per day. So we can order two and some days they’re not even available,” Wadja said.
Stores are putting limits on the number of at-home tests people can buy. The CVS in Clinton lets customers know before they even open the door that they won’t find any there.
It may be worth trying independent pharmacies when all others seem to be sold out.