WEST HARTFORD — The town announced Monday that it will be distributing most of its allotment of at-home rapid COVID-19 tests to residents experiencing symptoms.
West Hartford received approximately 4,725 tests from the state. The tests can be requested by visiting westhartford.seamlessdocs.com/f/testkit. Those without access to the Internet should call 860-561-6998.
The town originally planned to distribute tests at Conard High School and King Philip Middle School on Dec. 31, but canceled those plans due to a delay in the delivery of the tests from the state.
Some of the tests will also be put aside for frontline workers, the town said, including including first responders, public works employees, school employees and childcare providers. West Hartford’s social services department will also distribute tests to anyone experiencing physical or financial hardships.
The arrival of the tests come at a time where West Hartford is seeing an increase in positive COVID-19 cases. The most recent data, released by the West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District, showed 585 new cases since Dec. 21. That signified a positivity rate of 13 percent in town.
The town said it will announce plans to further distribute tests as they become available from the state.
The town said a free walk-in testing site run by the state’s Department of Public Health is located at 1161 Albany Ave. in Hartford. The site is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m to 2 p.m., on Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
West Hartford also received 230,000 adult N95 masks, which they will begin to distribute on Jan. 4 at 100 Mayflower St., the former St. Brigid School, from 2 to 5 p.m. Households will be limited to two masks each. The town said it will plan another mask distribution event for those who cannot attend on Tuesday.
The town will also make masks available to businesses, senior centers, schools and daycare facilities. Businesses can requests masks by filling out the form online at westhartford.seamlessdocs.com/f/n95request.
“This mask distribution program is designed to provide assistance to persons and businesses who cannot obtain a source for masks on their own,” the town said in a release. “Masks are currently available at most pharmacies, retail stores and online.”
The West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District also reiterated their mask advisory, saying everyone regardless of vaccination status should wear masks indoors.