3.6 million home COVID-19 tests distributed in Connecticut

Along with state distribution, people across the country can now order free tests from the federal government.

CONNECTICUT, USA – Governor Ned Lamont announced on Saturday that the state distributed another 500,000 COVID-19 self-tests to partner organizations this week, bringing the total amount he has delivered so far this month to nearly 3.6 million.

Lamont said the state is working to obtain the self-tests from vendors and distribute them in bulk to partner organizations. Organizations then provide them to their customers and members of their respective communities.

“We have one of the largest COVID-19 self-test distribution operations of any state in the region, and I appreciate the many groups working with the state to distribute them to the communities they serve,” Lamont mentioned. “We have thousands more self-tests on order, and we’re working to get them out as quickly as they come in from our suppliers.”

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Some of the deliveries for the week of January 17 included:

  • 350,000 self-tests to municipalities for social services and vulnerable populations, K-12 students and teachers, first responders, other frontline municipal workers, and unlicensed child care programs;
  • 83,000 self-tests to community groups and vulnerable populations; and
  • 50,000 self-tests in retirement homes for visitor testing.

In total, the State has delivered the following amounts since December 31, 2021:

  • Municipalities – 1,350,000
  • K-12 students and teachers – 1,420,000
  • Early Childhood Providers – 164,000
  • State employees / PNP – 217,000
  • Faith-based organizations – 158,000
  • Residents and clients of collective establishments – 49,000
  • Food Sharing – 37,000
  • People confined to their homes – 22,000
  • K-12 Bus Drivers – 11,000
  • Disability Rights Center – 5,000
  • Undocumented residents – 6,000
  • Seasonal agricultural workers – 9,000
  • Prison population – 15,000
  • Public college and university students – 13,000
  • Visits to retirement homes – 50,000
  • Coalition Against Domestic Violence – 20,000
  • Hartford Communities That Care About You – 3,000
  • LGBTQ communities – 4,000
  • Hispanic American Merchants – 13,000
  • Malta Care Home – 1,000
  • Community reintegration programs – 4,000
  • Hospitality workers and community organizations – 20,000

The whole totaling 3,591,000 tests.

One of the community groups that received test kits is the Hispanic American Merchants Association which received 13,000.

“It was just in time. Traders were really looking forward to receiving these COVID tests,” said Clodomiro Falcon, Small Business Specialist at SAMA. “They were very, very happy. Not only the owners, but also the employees.”

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Along with state distribution, people across the country can now order free tests from the federal government.

On January 14, the White House announced the launch of COVIDtests.gov, the test ordering website. An online statement said the site would go live on January 19.

However, the website was accepting test requests on January 18, a day before its official launch date. Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary said at a press briefing on January 18 this was because the site was in a “beta testing phase”.

“COVIDtests.gov is currently in beta, which is a standard part of the process, usually as it is tested in the early stages of its rollout,” Psaki said.

The test site was fully functional on January 18 and test orders were being processed.

COVIDtests.gov redirects visitors to an order form on the U.S. Postal Service website, where you can order a total of four COVID-19 at-home rapid antigen tests per household online.

To order the free tests, all you have to do is enter your name and a residential mailing address. Tests should ship within seven to 12 days and will be delivered by the USPS at no additional shipping cost, according to the website.

Once their order has shipped, they will receive an email with an estimated delivery date and tracking number. You can then track the status of your delivery on USPS.com, depending on the agency.

For those unable to access COVIDtests.gov or those who need additional assistance placing an order, you can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).

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Jennifer Glatz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at [email protected].

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