Dressed in full protective gear Mike Listro, Aditi Agrawal, and San Steinmark prepare for a day of drive-up COVID-19 testing at the Windsor Locks Town Hall.
The Windsor Locks Town Hall parking lot served as a one-day testing site for COVID-19 on May 22. The town partnered with Priority Urgent Care in Ellington to provide the drive-through testing. Unlike testing earlier in the outbreak of the coronavirus, the tests were performed regardless of symptoms, though patients had to register beforehand or be evaluated on site, prior to being administered the test.
“We’re expecting a big turnout,” said Mike Listro as he arranged testing materials under a small canopy on the sunny Friday morning before the start of the holiday weekend. A call to Priority Urgent Care the next day verified 189 tests were administered at no cost to any patient.
“This was the largest response we have ever had,” said Dr. Daksh Rampal, who specializes in emergency medicine at Priority Urgent Care. Based on the high turnout, Windsor Locks First Selectman Chris Kervick posted on Facebook that testing at the Town Hall will likely be repeated soon.
The Windsor Locks Fire Department helped coordinate the COVID-19 testing, along with the town police department and Emergency Management Director Vic Pula.
By Laura Hayden