State's first rapid coronavirus testing center opens


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s first rapid COVID-19 testing center opened Friday in New Haven.

The drive-up center, located in the parking lot of the former Gateway Community College campus at Long Wharf, will provide testing by appointment in a partnership with CVS Health.

Patients must register online to schedule a time for the free test created by Abbott Laboratories.

When patients arrive, they will be put in testing lanes. They are required to remain in their vehicles, and someone will check their registration and guide them through the swab testing.

Gov. Ned Lamont said test results will be available in about 30 minutes. Officials hope to conduct about 750 tests each day at the site.

“Not only will this new testing site significantly increase the number of people being tested, but the speed at which we can get results will aid in our effort to prevent further spread of this disease,” Lamont said.

As of Thursday, there were over 1,900 people hospitalized in Connecticut with COVID-19, an increase of nearly 20 from Wednesday, while 971 people have died from COVID-related causes, an increase of 103 from Wednesday.

More than 53,000 residents had been tested for the virus.

For most people, COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

Some other COVID-19 developments Friday:



Workers at McDonald’s restaurants at rest stops on Interstate 95 held a protest Friday over working conditions and layoffs during the pandemic.

The members of the Service Employees International Union want McDonald’s to stop cutting jobs and provide workers with more personal protective equipment and cleaner facilities.

McDonald’s did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.



The University of Connecticut has subleased the 116-room residence hall on its Stamford satellite campus to the city for housing of patients recovering from COVID-19.

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the legal agreement Thursday.

The rooms will be for people who have been treated and discharged from the hospital but need a place in which they can recover in isolation without exposing anyone else to the illness.

The school said people may begin moving into the building this weekend.

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