NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — In addition to getting people vaccinated and their booster shots, there is a push to get people tested for the virus.

PCR and saliva COVID testing sites are opening up at various locations, including the New Haven Green on Monday.

Starting today, there’s another way of getting tested for COVID-19. The nasal swab is no longer the only option as people can now do saliva testings.

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“They then take a cap and screw a cap on and then cap serves as a special buffer, which stabilizes the viral RNA and starts the chemical reaction,” said Mark Kidd, scientific director at Wren Laboratory.

Meanwhile, the at-home COVID test is another option, but they seem to be hard to come by.

Getting tested for COVID-19 is crucial as the nation heads into the holidays. According to the CDC, New Haven remains a high transmission location. The Delta variant is rapidly spreading and omicron is picking up speed.

Up until now, the only way to prove that you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 is by showing a paper card or proof of a negative COVID test. But that will no longer be the only option.

Depending on the location, you will need to make an appointment beforehand.

The new digital card is being described as a convenient option that travels well. That’s because you can access it by using your phone.

A QR code will be made for you to scan it with a camera on your phone, providing a digital card, which can be stored on your cell phone.

Governor Lamont says the digital card is not a mandate.

“I’m not requiring anything. I’m not mandating anything,” Governor Lamont said. “I’m giving stores and restaurants one more tool they need to make their employees and their customers feel safe.”

Here are the locations for saliva clinics:

  • Wren Labs- New Haven Green
    • 250 Temple St
    • Sunday, Monday, Wednesday fro 3-6 p.m.
  • Wren Labs- Long Wharf
    • 60 Sargent Drive
    • Sunday, Monday, Wednesday
    • 8:00 a.m.-12:00 pm.m

Walk-ins are accepted for Saliva testing, but you can also schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, visit

Here are the locations for PCR clinics

  • Cornel Scott
    • Walk In.
    • For more information, call (203)-503-3000
  • Fair Haven Community Health Care
    • Walk in
    • For more information, call (203)-777-7411
  • Yale New Haven Hospital
    • Appointment required
    • To make an appointment, head to
  • Rite Aid
    • Appointment required
    • To make an appointment, head to
  • CVS
    • Appointment required
    • To make an appointment, head to
  • Walgreens
    • Appointment required. To make an appointment, head to
    • Rapid/PCR test available