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Tooker: Update On COVID Testing

First Selectwoman Jen Tooker says:

As we continue to navigate this wave of the pandemic, I want to say thank you to our community. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we collectively work to keep each other healthy and well.

Access to testing remains a priority. The town was informed by the state yesterday that it will receive another allotment of free in-home test kits. This allotment of 1,800 kits (2 tests per kit) is designated for Westport residents whose health, economic and living circumstances place them in a vulnerable situation.

These people include the home-bound, frail/elderly, individuals with disabilities, and those with financial or transportation barriers to accessing COVID-19 testing. Oour Department of Human Services is working closely with the Emergency Management Team to ensure appropriate distribution to those within our community who are most at risk. Surrounding municipalities in Fairfield County are following a similar process to distribute their allotment of free test kits.

Residents with extenuating circumstances as outlined above may contact Human Services (humansrv@westportct.gov or 203-341-1050). Westport’s Senior Center participants may calll 203-341-5099 to request an at-home kit as supplies last.

For others who require testing, as of today the town has arranged for Progressive Diagnostics to set up an additional PCR testing site at the Greens Farms Railroad Station. The appointment scheduler can be accessed via the “Book an Appointment” link on Progressive Diagnostics’ homepage:  https://progressive-diagnostics.com/ Payment and insurance details are provided in the link.

Additional resources for COVID information and access to at-home or area PCR testing may be found by dialing 211 or  clicking here, and at local pharmacies and retail locations.

We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated, including a booster.  This is still the best protection against the virus.  Additionally, people now know how to best protect themselves in public by limiting interaction with crowds, choosing to wear masks indoors, and keeping distance from others. Again, thank you to the entire Westport community for displaying such resilience.

Testing, Testing …

All roads lead to the Greens Farms railroad station.

And — with demand for at-home testing high — drivers lined up early for this afternoon’s distribution of the hard-to-come-by kits.

Town officials announced late this morning that supplies had just arrived. By 1:30 p.m., cars were backed up on Greens Farms Road all the way to the Sherwood Island connector. Soon, the line stretched all the way back to South Compo.

Similarly long lines were reported the other direction on Greens Farms Road, and on adjacent streets like Beachside Avenue, Morningside Drive and Turkey Hill.

With little to do but wait, a number of drivers sent photos to “06880.” Here are a few:

Greens Farms Road, heading toward Beachside Avenue … (Photo/Jan Stewart)

… and cars waiting behind from the Connector, shown in the side mirror. (Photo/Jan Stewart)

Coming from the other direction — the east — on Greens Farms Road. (Photo/Wynne Bohonnon)

Morningside Drive South, heading toward Greens Farms Road. (Photo/Alan Phillips)

Beachside Avenue bridge over I-95, heading toward Greens Farms Road. (Photo/Wynne Bohonnon)

 

At-Home Testing Kit Distribution: Today At 3 PM

At-home COVID test kits arrived this morning. They will be available this afternoon (Monoday, January 3), starting at 3 p.m., at the Greens Farms Railroad Station. Proof of Westport residency is required.

First Selectwoman Jen Tooker notes that Westport’s allocation is less than originally anticipated. Two test kits will be provided per vehicle, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tooker offers gratitude for “the dedication and professionalism displayed by our Emergency Management Team in preparing for and organizing this distribution procedure as quickly as possible after receipt of the shipment this morning.”

An at-home COVID test.