Weather suspends COVID-19 testing at sites, including Meriden

Weather suspends COVID-19 testing at sites, including Meriden

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Rain and high wind shut down drive-through COVID-19 testing sites Monday, including one at MidState Medical Center in Meriden.

Patients who were scheduled for COVID-19 testing were rescheduled when the drive-throughs reopen, hopefully today, officials said.

On Monday, Hartford HealthCare reported around 400 virus related hospitalizations at its seven hospitals. MidState had 32 cases, Hartford Hospital had 159 and the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain had 79, said Dr. Ajay Kumar, chief clinical officer at Hartford HealthCare.

Kumar expressed confidence in the network’s supply of equipment and staff to handle a larger surge of COVID-19 patients.

Eversource Energy also announced Monday a round-the-clock effort to monitor and restore power to affected hospitals and makeshift hospitals. 

As of Sunday, the state Department of Public Health reported 12,035 cases of COVID-19 among state residents with 1,654 patients currently hospitalized and 554 deaths. 

Fairfield County, where the earliest cases in the state originated, reported 5,534 cases. New Haven County reported 2,946 cases and Hartford County reported 1,914 cases. 

 “In Fairfield County, the rate of increase is lower than before,” Kumar said. “But we’re not out of the woods yet. We still have a way to go.”

Hartford HealthCare and state health officials continue to expect the peak to occur in late April, early May. The model, developed with experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, considers the number of patients in the intensive care unit and the rate of increase over time. 

Over the weekend, the U.S. Army National Guard assembled a makeshift hospital with 646 beds at the Hartford Convention Center in case the pandemic overwhelms hospitals.

Hartford HealthCare also has an agreement with Trinity College to use its hockey rink as a hospital, if necessary.

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