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Health center offers free COVID-19 testing

Health center offers free COVID-19 testing

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MERIDEN — The Community Health Center on State Street has begun offering free COVID-19 testing. 

Members of the public can get tested for free Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center at 134 State St. Participants do not need a physician referral but are encouraged, not required, to schedule an appointment in advance by calling the Community Health Center’s hotline at 475-241-0740. 

Tents have been set up outside the health center for the tests, which can be done drive-up or walk-up, according to Mike Rohde, director of community relations for the Meriden CHC.

“The main thing is we want people to be tested — it’s quick, it's free, it's easy,” Rohde said. The health center plans to test 140 people a day at first before ramping up to as many as 500, he said. 

The health center is one of two testing sites in Meriden, along with MidState Medical Center, according to Health Director Lea Crown. 

Participants don’t need insurance or have to be a patient of CHC to get tested, Rohde said. Participants should wear face-covering when getting tested. Results will be available in 2-3 days, and a CHC provider will call patients to discuss the results, according to a statement. 

Testing is also available at CHC locations in Hartford, New Britain, Stamford, and Waterbury. 

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