HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– With Covid-19 case numbers rising here in Connecticut, the push continues to get more people tested for the virus. On Tuesday, Hartford HealthCare is relocating and expanding their testing site to the Connecticut Convention Center.
The focus right now is on testing. And the parking garage at the Connecticut Convention Center will soon become a massive testing site able to accommodate 4,000 people a day.
This location will double Hartford HealthCare’s COVID-19 testing capacity.
It works for a number of reasons, for one this enclosed space will accommodate testing when the weather gets colder. It’s also close to two of Connecticut major highways, I-91 and I-84.
This all comes among real concerns about a second wave. Health experts say Connecticut appears to be at the beginning stages. That being said, getting tested was the focus of this announcement Tuesday, especially as we enter these colder months where so many of Connecticut cities and towns are seeing spikes.
“Testing is absolutely crucial and it’s centers like this, as we now advance really to our first winter, where this testing capability becomes absolutely critical,” said Jeffrey Flaks, President, Hartford HealthCare.
“To everybody out there, to Hartford residents, residents of the Hartford region, to residents of Connecticut, a part of beating this virus, a part of suppressing this virus, is getting tested. Knowing who’s got it so we can protect your loved ones, your family, your kids, your parents, your co-workers, your classmates. The more quickly we know who has the virus, the more we can support them, the more we can support you, and the more we can protect those you love,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.
This testing site will offer the PCR tests. Those results take about 24 hours to come in. This site will open up November 9. It’ll be open seven days a week.
Since March, Hartford HealthCare claims it has performed 382,000 tests. More than 90% of those test results are returned within less than three days.
The organization has 930 mobile testing sites.