Veterans Park COVID-19 testing site in Norwalk closes for the day due to high demand

As the demand for COVID- 19 testing increases, one community is making sure the option is more readily available.

News 12 Staff

Nov 13, 2020, 12:31 AM

Updated 1,309 days ago

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The new COVID-19 testing location at Veterans Park closed after about three hours Thursday due to high demand.
The Day Street Community Health Center moved locations to Norwalk to be more accessible. Cars lined up early at the site, and it quickly filled to capacity.
Lamond Daniels, the chief of community services for the city of Norwalk, says the city partnered with the community health center and encourages all residents to get tested.
"If you're asymptomatic please get tested," says Daniels.
Amy Taylor, the regional vice president for the community health center, says the center was testing about 300 people per day. Taylor says the new location allows workers to safely test people while they remain in their cars.
Test seekers don't need an appointment, insurance, or even symptoms to come get the test.
"We know that one of the most foundational principles to combatting a pandemic is testing, and so we are really trying to make testing as accessible and widespread as possible to people in our communities," says Taylor.
Taylor says the lines may not die down soon, but it's still worth the trip for your health and others.
"We know the lines are long, but we are doing all we can to provide this service to people in the city and also do it accurately and efficiently," says Taylor.
Taylor says this new testing site will be a permanent fixture throughout the fall and winter with no end date in site.
This testing center will stay open until 4 p.m., seven days a week.


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