People wait in long lines across CT for COVID testing after Christmas – NBC Connecticut

Connecticut residents looking for a COVID-19 test on the Monday after Christmas tended to queue or were out of luck.

At walk-in sites in Willimantic, New Haven, Waterbury, New Britain and Hartford, queues of people waited for hours outside or in their idling cars.

The Willimantic site closed two and a half hours earlier after workers missed testing.

A spokesperson for the Department of Public Health said the site had undergone 400 tests and had nothing left to administer for the day at 4:30 p.m.

“I passed around 11 a.m. and there were already people waiting,” said Mioara Kirychuk of Willimantic, who was in line at the test site which was to be open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“I was in direct contact with someone so I just wanted to be on the safe side,” said Jasmine Irizarry of Hartford, standing outside in the cold with her two children.

“In order to cross the border, we need a negative COVID test,” said Laure Devine, an American citizen who lives in Canada with her husband.

She and her husband own a house in Guilford and have traveled to Hartford, about 40 miles away, for a test.

It was the closest and the earliest they could find a test.

“We tried to find appointments for the tests and there were no appointments, there was nothing until January in pharmacies,” she said.

Walgreens tells us they are seeing “unprecedented demand for testing services.”

It was even difficult to log into their website on Monday, but a spokesperson tells us that has since been fixed.

They say that although appointments fluctuate daily and are limited, availability will continue to change.

“Sadly I went to a party, not a big party, but just a rally and we were briefed yesterday,” said Linda Biggs of Hartford, who wonders why our state wasn’t more prepared knowing that the people would like to test after Christmas.

She has passed through several places in the past 24 hours to get tested.

“We’ve been working on COVID for two years, you should have been better prepared,” Biggs said.

Biggs is happy to hear that the state will be having home tests later this week. But she saw in the news that New York was giving them out a few days ago.

For those looking for a test as early as possible, anxiety has been elevated as they seek answers.

“It’s really surprising because it looked like it was getting better and now it’s even worse. Is this ever going to end? Is this going to be a part of our lives for the rest of our lives? I sure hope not, ”Devine said.

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