NEWINGTON – Hartford HealthCare has reopened its drive-through covid-19 testing site at the Hartford HealthCare System Support Office in Newington, largely to help accommodate the growing number of symptomatic patients.
“Having availability for people with symptoms to get tested has been a challenge,” said Jim Cardon, chief clinical integration officer, Hartford HealthCare. “There are lots of resources out there for you to be tested if you’re asymptomatic – there’s our partner Quest, other health sites, in addition to CVS and others that are rolling it out. But testing systematic is much more complicated; it’s not something you can bring indoors easily because of potential to spread, so having outdoor areas where people can go and get tested for symptoms is critical for us.”
The site located at 181 Patricia M. Genova Drive reopened Sept. 20. It is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is currently the only drive-thru testing site for Hartford HealthCare; everything else is walk-thru or in office. It is a self-swab or assisted swab if someone needs it.
“We’re starting in one location but have been agile and can have the availability to roll out these kinds of stations in other parts of our regions to meet demand,” Cardon said. “We do know that we’ve opened up around 50 appointments here on a daily basis.”
As covid-19 cases in the region continue to rise, Hartford HealthCare continues to work on providing additional testing opportunities for the communities it serves.
“Our hope is we’ll continue to see a decline in the virus, but we’re really anticipating this is going to be an ongoing management issue for us and we want to make sure people have the time and information they need to take care of themselves and people they love,” Cardon said.