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Coronavirus patient talks about positive impact of new rapid COVID-19 testing in New Haven


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut’s first rapid COVID-19 testing site is up and running in New Haven, and Governor Ned Lamont isn’t the only one happy to see it there.

CVS Health and Connecticut officials opened the state’s first rapid coronavirus testing site at the former Gateway Community College campus – next to Jordan’s Furniture – on Long Wharf in New Haven Friday morning.

Medical workers at this site are using the new Abbott ID Now COVID-19 tests, which gives results in less than 30 minutes.

RELATED: CVS, state officials introduce rapid coronavirus testing center in New Haven

“I hope this is the first of others that we’ll be able to have in Connecticut,” the governor said during his visit to the site on Saturday. “Being able to get the test results in less than 15 minutes is how we’re going to lick this virus.”

For Warren Leach, a patient who went through the testing site over the weekend told News 8, being able to get quick results is significant. He said the 24 hours he had to wait for the – ultimately positive – test results from a testing site in Waterbury was tough.

“For someone like myself, you’re going to have anxiety anyway, the not knowing,” Leach said. “But, I always say having the information is better than not having it and this is not one of those things that avoidance helps.”

Leach tells News 8 being able to get results faster at this new rapid testing site can better prepare people for the fight that lies ahead.

“I think it’s an amazing step forward and a great resource to have,” added Leach. “The sooner you know, the sooner you can track the other people who are sick, the sooner you can track the people they’ve been in contact with.”

Governor Lamont also adds — the sooner the state can start to move on from this, the sooner we can get “Connecticut back to work by knowing it’s safe to get back to work.”

RELATED: Gov. Lamont, New Haven Mayor Elicker tour new rapid coronavirus testing facility on Long Wharf

The new CVS COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site is taking patients, and the hope is they will be able to handle between 750 and 1,000 tests each day. But, you can’t just show up. You have to pre-register for an appointment. To do that and for the site hours of operation, log onto the CVS website. All of the tests are free.

Leach has a message for all of us:

“Stop fooling around,” Leach said. “Go home, put your kids in the house, and if you don’t need to go anywhere don’t go anywhere. Because the one way you will know for sure that you will not catch this thing and you will not transmit it is if you are in the house isolated.”

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