Connecticut – Distribution 900,000 COVID-19 Self-Tests

Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut State Government Distributed Another 900,000 COVID-19 Self-Tests This Week

HARTFORD, CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut this week distributed another 900,000 COVID-19 self-tests to partner organizations, bringing the total amount it has delivered so far this month to 4.5 million.

“We are continuing to work with many public and private organizations to help distribute these self-tests to the residents of our state,” Governor Lamont said.  “If anyone has been unable to get their hands on a self-test, I strongly encourage them to place an order through President Biden’s distribution program by visiting covidtests.gov or calling 800-232-0233 and they will be mailed to your house for free.”

The state has been working to procure the self-tests from vendors and distribute them in bulk to partner organizations. The organizations then go on to provide them to their clients and members of their respective communities.

The governor said his administration has thousands more self-tests on order that are in the process of being delivered to the state and will be distributed to partner organizations as soon as they arrive.

Some of the deliveries Connecticut state government made for the week of January 24, 2022, included:

Nearly 450,000 self-tests to municipalities for social services and vulnerable populations; K-12 students, teachers, and staff; first responders; and other front-facing municipal employees and non-licensed childcare programs;
300,000 self-tests to community groups, vulnerable populations, and faith-based organizations;
60,000 self-tests to UConn (Combined with earlier deliveries to Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, every public college and university in Connecticut now has at least one self-test available for every residential student to facilitate the safe return to campus); and
60,000 self-tests to state employees and private nonprofit providers.
In total, the state has delivered the following amounts since December 31, 2021:

Recipient
Distributed week of
January 24, 2022
Total
to date

Municipalities*
446,000
1,801,000

K-12 students, teachers, and staff*

1,420,000

Early childhood

164,000

State employees and PNPs
65,000
282,000

Faith-based
132,000
290,000

Residents and clients of congregate settings
4,000
53,000

Foodshare
20,000
57,000

Homebound individuals
6,000
29,000

K-12 bus drivers
10,000
21,000

Center For Disability Rights
5,000
10,000

Undocumented residents
20,000
26,000

Seasonal farm workers
10,000
19,000

Incarcerated population
5,000
19,000

Public college & university students
60,000
73,000

Nursing home visitation
9,000
59,000

Coalition Against Domestic Violence
20,000
40,000

Hartford Communities That Care
3,000
6,000

LGBTQ Communities
5,000
9,000

Spanish American Merchants
12,000
25,000

Malta House Of Care
2,000
3,000

Community Re-Entry Programs

4,000

Hospitality workers and community organizations

20,000

Women’s healthcare providers
11,000
11,000

American Red Cross
20,000
20,000

Salvation Army
30,000
30,000

Child Guidance
5,000
5,000

TOTAL
900,000
4,496,000

Procurement and distribution of the tests by the state has been overseen by the Department of Public Health, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Department of Administrative Services, and the Connecticut National Guard.  In addition, the State Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of Developmental Services, Department of Children and Families, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of Housing has provided support for test distribution to the communities each of those respective state agencies serve.

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