Yesterday, the Westport Weston Health District received 40 COVID-19 test kits.
Officials called 40 people who had been at a party last week — the first known direct exposure to the virus in town — or had symptoms tied closely to those who were there.
Those nasal swabs were sent to a Quest Diagnostics lab in California. Results are expected in 3 to 5 days.
WWHD director Mark Cooper says they’re waiting for the next shipment of kits. The WWHD requested many last week, but they seem to be shipped only 40 or so at a time.
When kits arrive, testing will be done on a priority basis. Anyone with symptoms wishing to be placed on the list for testing should call 203-227-9571, ext. 237. You’ll be asked to leave your name and phone number. A nurse will call back to assess your symptoms and exposure history.
In other COVID-19 news, Westport’s first positive case was confirmed late last evening by the state Public Health Department lab. “This was expected and comes as no surprise,” the WWHD says.
Statewide, 105 people have been tested. Six were positive, 99 negative. For a county-wide breakdown and more information, click here.