With cases on the rise and just a few days into the holidays, the demand for COVID-19 testing is skyrocketing in Connecticut. Long lines have been spotted across the state as people wait to get tested.
The amount of people in a row to get tested for COVID in Groton It was overwhelming on Tuesday.
“I want to make sure I’m safe,” said Margie Gookins, as she waited to get tested in Groton.
Gookins said someone in her family had tested positive for the virus. After failing to find a home test for COVID, he decided to get tested in person before the holidays.
“Otherwise, I wouldn’t see my family,” Gookins said.
People, both symptomatic and asymptomatic, also waited in a long line in Meriden on Tuesday morning.
“It is important that we are all vigilant and, during the holidays, make sure we do not infect the rest of our families,” said Michael Kulungian, who said he decided to get tested because he was not feeling well.
In response to increased demand, Governor Ned Lamont is implementing a plan to increase testing capacity at about 400 sites across the state. And several state sponsored locations they are expanding the hours, while adding seven new locations.
Additionally, the requirement that tens of thousands of unvaccinated workers be tested is on hold for two weeks.
“Just to give them a little more flexibility and make sure we have a little more capacity to provide testing in the future,” Lamont said.
To find a COVID testing site near you, call 211 or visit this website.