MADISON – The town will be providing free COVID-19 testing kits on a first-come, first-served basis to residents who register online starting Monday morning.
First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons said in a Jan. 2 communication that the town of Madison received a shipment of 2,880 test kits on Saturday.
Beginning on Monday, Jan 3, at 9 a.m, Madison residents can go online and reserve a time slot to pick up their test kits. Pick up is on Tues, Jan 4 and Wed, Jan 5 between 12 and 7 p.m. at the Madison Surf Club. Residents are limited to two kits per person and will have to show an ID and proof of residency.
According to Lyons, the State of Connecticut has asked the towns to prioritize getting tests to school personnel, daycare workers, first responders and vulnerable people.
“The Town will be setting aside tests for these targeted groups and be reaching out directly to them this week to arrange delivery,” Lyons said in her communication.
Approximately 1,900 tests will remain available for the general public.
The town will also give away up to four N-95 masks per family until supply is exhausted. The town plans to run a second pick-up later in the week just for N-95 masks.
Madison reported 78 positive COVID cases the week of December 12th and 118 positive cases the week before Christmas. The state’s positivity rate as of December 30 was 20.33 percent.
The CDC recommends self-testing for people who are having COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. They also recommend testing before gatherings where there will be unvaccinated children, the elderly or people who are immunocompromised.