MERIDEN — Dozens of cars lined up bumper to bumper even before a COVID-19 pop-up testing site at Maloney High School opened on Sunday morning.
It was the third drive-through testing event that the Community Health Center has held in the city this month. CHC administrative services coordinator Anika McPherson said that in a matter of hours, workers tested at least 250 people.
“We are a team, we are out here, we are all in this together. As cliche as it sounds, it's a true statement,” said McPherson. “Everyone is flexible, we are chipping in to do multiple roles we are not accustomed to, and it all comes down to a team effort.”
Meriden, like many other municipalities, has seen a surge in coronavirus cases, with 337 confirmed cases documented for the week of Nov. 14 and a daily rate of new COVID-19 infections of 74.9 cases per 100,000 residents, according to state Department of Public Health data released on Thursday.
The city’s new infection rate shows how the city is being impacted by the virus. It was 52.3 cases for the week ending Nov. 7, nearly double the 28.6 cases reported in the previous week.
The Community Health Center also conducts COVID-19 testing at its main location, 134 State St., Meriden, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. Results are available within three or four days after the sample collection.
“This pop-up site allows another opportunity for people to get their tests done,” said CHC Director of Community Relations Michael Rohde. “Generally speaking, people are really happy that we are doing this in a very professional way. We really appreciate that the school superintendent allowed us to use Maloney for this. It's a wonderful site.”