COVID testing site in Norwalk reaches capacity quickly as demand surges
There's still an enormous demand for COVID-19 testing, including at the clinic at Veterans Park in Norwalk. There was a massive line before the site opened on Sunday.
It’s not the first-time hundreds of cars wrapped around the Veterans Park parking lot waiting for a COVID-19 test. It was the longest line many had seen there – stretching beyond the bridge onto Water Street.
Employees at the clinic told News 12 they believe the demand continues to rise because of the amount of people exposed to COVID-19 during the holidays. They say most people getting tested are there because of close-contact exposures.
In less than two hours after opening, the testing site was at capacity and closed for the day. Employees on site said people should expect to get their test results back in two to three days. Many are still waiting for their test results from last week.
Several COVID-19 testing clinics in Connecticut closed within hours after opening Sunday because of the significant number of people wanting a test.
News 12 reached out to Gov. Ned Lamont's office regarding the demand for testing and whether they'll open mass testing clinics.