Norwalk testing site fills to capacity as people seek COVID-19 tests ahead of New Year's Eve

Residents flooded COVID-19 testing sites Monday hoping to get results ahead of another holiday weekend.
Test seekers arrived at the Veterans Park testing site in Norwalk hours before it opened Monday. Many felt worried about potential exposures. Such high demand forced the site to shut down just after 4 p.m. as it reached full capacity. Police asked residents to avoid the area due to traffic congestion.
Veterans Park is just one of Connecticut’s state-sponsored sites run by SEMA4. Gov. Lamont says they are in the process of adding seven more community testing sites.
A spokesperson for SEMA4 told News 12 it is working hard to turn around test results in about 72 hours, even with the high demand.
The situation in Norwalk is another reminder for people to plan their visit ahead of time, says John Rossi of Hartford HealthCare.
"Really invest the time online first before you go out and sit in your car and sit in a line for a long time,” he said.
Rossi says they have five urgent care centers in the Fairfield region and that people should make those appointments ahead of time."
"We want to see the sick patients that need care,” Rossi added. “First and foremost, don't be deterred by lines, if you're sick and not well - we want to see you."
People can find a testing site by calling 211 or visiting