Lamont: Over 400K at-home COVID test kits delivered to CT on Friday


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Connecticut received an initial partial delivery of at-home COVID-19 test kits on Friday morning, according to state officials.

During a press conference on Friday, Gov. Ned Lamont confirmed that the state has received 426,000 rapid test kits and says there are more to come.

News 8 has learned that regional distribution for local pickup of the test kits will tentatively be scheduled for Monday.

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Lamont said the National Guard is working on trying to get the tests out the door on Friday.

The delivery comes after the state announced a delay in the initial shipment of kits. The state was set to receive kits earlier this week, but the shipment was delayed.

Another shipment is expected to be delivered to the state.

Cities and towns across the state were set to start distributing the kits beginning on Thursday, but had to pivot their plans.

Lamont said around 850,000 N95 masks were given out on Thursday and another 850,000 masks are expected to be given out on Friday.

During a press conference on Thursday, Lamont said the at-home tests were set to arrive as soon as this weekend.

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“I think we got a little ahead of ourselves to tell you the truth. We all thought the tests were in the plane,” Lamont said. “I think in hindsight we probably should have said off the record, you may be able to plan for this, but we can’t announce this yet.”

There is no word at this time how many test kits the state has received.

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