Hartford HealthCare Begins Drive-Through Testing for COVID-19

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With the COVID-19 pandemic quickly evolving and an increase in cases in Connecticut, Hartford HealthCare is opening drive-through testing centers at several locations throughout the state allowing patients with symptoms and possible exposure to be tested without leaving their vehicles.

The first testing center opened March 16 at 560 Hudson Street at Hartford Hospital. Testing sites in Bridgeport, Meriden, Norwich, and Torrington will open later this week.

To be tested, patients must have a referral through the Hartford HealthCare Clinical Command Center at 860.972.8100 or, toll-free, 833.621.0600.

The test, which takes less than five minutes, is administered by a physician, advanced practice provider or nurse outfitted in protective clothing, including a gown, goggles, mask and gloves. Patients drive up to the testing site where the clinician swabs the patient’s nose and throat collecting a sample that will be sent for evaluation.  After testing, patients are given follow-up instructions and information about self-isolation.

Patients will receive their results through MyChart or by phone within four days.

Testing will be offered through referral only at the following locations:

NOTE: Testing hours at all locations March 21 and 22 are 2-5 pm.

Hartford Hospital

Education and Resource Center
560 Hudson Street, Hartford
Hours: 9 am-5 pm/7 days per week

Backus Hospital

326 Washington St, Norwich
Main parking lot
Hours: 9 am-5 pm/7 days per week

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital 

540 Litchfield Street, Torrington
Adjacent to the outpatient entrance
Hours: 9 am-5 pm/7 days per week

MidState Medical Center

435 Lewis Ave, Meriden
Across from the main entrance
Hours: 9 am-5 pm/7 days per week

St. Vincent’s Medical Center

2979 Main Street Bridgeport
Across from the campus
Hours: 9 am-4 pm/7 days a week

Not feeling well? Call your healthcare provider for guidance and try to avoid going directly to an emergency department or urgent care center, as this could increase the chances of the disease spreading.

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Questions? Call our 24-hour hotline (860.972.8100 or, toll-free, 833.621.0600). 

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