Free drive-through COVID-19 testing site to open in Danbury

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Peter Avila, a COVID testing associate, collects a self administered COVID-19 test from a patient at the Community Health Center COVID-19 testing site on the Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus. Tuesday, June 29, 2021, in Danbury, Conn.

Peter Avila, a COVID testing associate, collects a self administered COVID-19 test from a patient at the Community Health Center COVID-19 testing site on the Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus. Tuesday, June 29, 2021, in Danbury, Conn.

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DANBURY — State health officials plan to open a new testing site in Rogers Park starting at 10 a.m. Saturday as cases of COVID-19 increase around the state.

The drive-through site at the Pat Waldron Building at 23 Memorial Drive, is free and no appointment will be needed.

The state Department of Public Health announced the opening Friday afternoon through a news release.

“In terms of COVID testing, it’s important to remember that testing saves lives and is easy and quick,” said Deidre Gifford, the department’s acting commissioner, in a statement. “Residents should take a COVID test if they experience symptoms, or if they have been in close proximity with someone diagnosed with COVID.”

The testing site will be run through state Department of Public Health, Danbury’s Department of Health and Human Services, and Sema4.

The testing site opens as Danbury and all towns in the state that border it, institute a mandatory mask requirement for people in indoor settings.

Danbury has an average of 7.6 positive cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks.

Connecticut has more than 300 COVID-19 testing sites. The state Department of Public Health said it plans to open similar test sites in areas where a high percentage of COVID-19 tests come back positive and where access to testing may be limited.

The move comes as cases and hospitalizations have increased statewide, a surge experts say is tied to the delta variant.

Danbury, along with five surrounding towns, has issued a universal mask mandate indoors regardless of whether someone has been vaccinated.

The testing site will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.