Trumbull’s second COVID test handout goes ‘quickly and smoothly’

Home testing kits can be a part of a strategy to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW is an at-home rapid COVID test; a two-pack costs about $24. (Hannah Norman/KHN/TNS)

Home testing kits can be a part of a strategy to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW is an at-home rapid COVID test; a two-pack costs about $24. (Hannah Norman/KHN/TNS)

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TRUMBULL — The town’s second distribution of COVID testing kits went “very quickly and smoothly,” according to First Selectman Vicki Tesoro.

Town officials announced last week that 3,600 COVID test kits would be given out Saturday at Trumbull High School. This is in addition to the more than 4,000 kits that were made available for distribution Jan. 2 at Unity Park.

Tesoro said all of the test kits that Trumbull received have either been “distributed or allocated for distribution.”

She said she didn’t know if any more kits were going to be made available to the town.

About 50 volunteers staffed Saturday’s distribution at the high school, and Tesoro said, to her knowledge, there were no issues.

“It was extremely well done and well organized,” she said. “People just drove in and drove out.”

The kits given out Saturday were distributed on a first-come, first served basis — a distinct difference from the Jan. 2 distribution, for which residents had to register ahead of time. Tesoro said the idea behind the pre-registration was that no one would have to wait in a long line only to find out that all of the tests were gone. Instead, anyone who signed up for a test ahead of time would receive one.

However, that plan “had some issues,” Tesoro said.

“Some people didn’t necessarily want to wait in a long line to pick up a test, so they didn’t come to get a test,” Tesoro said. “Or they weren’t able to come get the test.”

She pointed out the Jan. 2 distribution was originally scheduled to take place Dec. 30, but the tests didn’t arrive in time. That meant there were some people who signed up for the original date who weren’t able to come when the distribution was eventually rescheduled.

Tesoro added that anyone who had signed up for the Jan. 2 distribution and didn’t come had been contacted and would be able to pick up their COVID test kit this week at the Trumbull library.

Trumbull has tightened restrictions at many town buildings due to a recent surge in COVID cases. Visitors to most town hall departments must call ahead to make sure the person they need to see is in. Also, the tax assessor’s office is closed until further notice due to COVID staffing issues.

“Like everywhere else, we continue to deal with positive cases in employees,” Tesoro said.