Valley Health District offers self-reporting COVID test tool

The Naugatuck Valley Health District offered the latest updates on the coronavirus and its impacts on the area.

The Naugatuck Valley Health District offered the latest updates on the coronavirus and its impacts on the area.

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SEYMOUR — The Naugatuck Valley Health District has created a reporting tool for residents to voluntarily report a positive result from an FDA-approved At-Home COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test.

Health District Director Jessica Kristy said with COVID-19 home tests approved under the Emergency Use Authorization and easily accessible to the community, many COVID-19 test results are no longer being reported.

When an individual gets tested at their doctor’s office or a test site, the results are reported to the Department of Public Health and Naugatuck Valley Health District.

“Due to home tests not being reported to the state and local health departments,” Kristy said, “the health district is now noticing a difference in our data and case rates, not only within the state of Connecticut but also in the Valley.”

With home tests being potentially the primary source of testing for COVID-19, Naugatuck Valley Health District has created an online method of confidential, individual case reporting specifically for the Valley community - “NVHD Positive COVID-19 Home Test Self-Reporting Tool.”

This reporting tool has been created for residents to voluntarily report a positive result from an FDA-approved At-Home COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test. Participation in this survey is confidential and voluntary.

“We ask that you only utilize this method if you, or your child (minor younger than 18 years old), have tested positive using a home test,” Kristy said.

“These confidential reports will help NVHD establish a more accurate understanding of COVID-19 case rates within the Valley,” Kristy said. “The ultimate goal of this effort is to help you; the more data we have on the positivity rate, the more we are able to provide the necessary guidance, support, and education to help our residents slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

For more information on this self-reporting tool, call the Naugatuck Valley Health District at (203) 881-3255 ext. 116.

“If you tested positive for COVID-19 and are in need of guidance,” Kristy said, “we ask that you please take advantage of the reporting tool and request that an NVHD Contact Tracer calls you in order to provide further assistance.”

Those who have general COVID-19 questions can use ext. 116/118 or call 475-675-5733 for after-hours notifications.