Norwalk photos: COVID-19 testing

(Claire Schoen)

NORWALK, Conn. — Claire Schoen took these photos Thursday of the first COVID-19 testing in Veterans Park.

The Day Street Community Health Center moved its testing to the park, due to high demand.

“We will continue to expand our testing efforts to meet the needs of the community. Today there was a tremendous demand for testing, and unfortunately we had to close the lines down earlier than expected. I want the public to know that we are working diligently to bring in more providers and resources so testing can be done more quickly and efficiently,” Mayor Harry Rilling said in his Thursday update.

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available 7-days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vets Park, Rilling’s Wednesday update said. Lines may close at 3:30 p.m. if necessary. No symptoms, appointment, insurance, or doctor’s note is needed to be tested.

There were 39 new positive cases reported Wednesday in Norwalk and 82 reported Thursday. The total cases are now 3,560 and no new deaths.

Rilling’s update said:

  • COVID-19 exposure notifications from the state Department of Health are available to mobile phone users. Those using an iPhone can enable exposure notifications via their phone settings. Those with an Android device can download the COVID Alert CT app from Google Play. For more information, visit ct.gov/coronavirus.
  • Wheels2U, the micro-transit shuttle service in Norwalk, has adjusted its hours to reflect statewide Phase 2.1 guidance. The service will now operate 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Thursdays – Saturdays and 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sundays. More details can be found at wheel2unorwalk.com.
  • Thanksgiving is two weeks from today. The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in the same household. If someone plans to spend Thanksgiving with people outside their household, officials encourages residents to take steps to make the celebration safer. The Governor’s orders restrict gatherings to no more than 10 people at homes, and those include on holidays. The state Department of Health has guidelines and recommendations to make the holidays safer. Visit ct.gov/coronavirus for more details.



“Thanksgiving is usually a time where friends and family gather, but those types of activities can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19. We’ve all had to make sacrifices this year – missed birthdays, celebrations, and important milestones – and I ask residents to persevere a while longer,” Rilling said in the update. “We all are experiencing varying degrees of COVID fatigue and miss our loved ones. Please, I urge residents to follow the public health guidelines this holiday season.”

Copy edit, 4:20 p.m.: Headline repaired.

(Claire Schoen)


Dagny November 13, 2020 at 11:06 am

Phew! Title reads Covid 10! What? There’s another virus and our numbers are going backwards?! But alas in the body of the article it is 19! I guess we can chalk it up to “disinformation” a new favorite buzz word of late or human error.

Mark Stephenson November 13, 2020 at 12:02 pm

I waited in line for over four hours in my car on Thursday, and stood in line for an hour and a half in the rain three weeks ago at the Day Street facility. My wife and I felt so sorry for the rest of the people in lines (some with very young children) as well as the skeleton crew who were there supporting the testing process.
It’s pretty obvious that we have lacked a national safety strategy for the past nine months, but if this kind of situation is occurring in every city and town in the country where will we all be a month from now?
Our city and state officials need to move ahead with or without federal support and get this under control with an organized and conprehensive strategy.
Testing, contact tracing, social distancinh,and mandatory mask wearing is now a public health imperative. It’s literally sickening to have people walking maskless past signs REQUESTING patrons to wear masks at our local big box stores and supermarkets.
My family has had to test twice in three weeks because one of my children works at a job where he’s the only one wearing a mask and practicing social distancing The other employees keep getting sick and tesing positive but seem not to understand why it’s happening. Frankly, I wish I could bill my son’s boss for my lost time at work.
This is a global public safety emergency and every patriotic citizen needs to get on board, but our elected officials need to drive the process.
If you are holding public office in Norwalk today you have a nice time cushion before the next election to work together and get it together. Even if right now 40+ % of the local electorate doesn’t understand or appreciate what is actually happening, it’s time to for you to step up and lead,.

Claire Schoen November 13, 2020 at 5:11 pm

@Dagny – whoops, a typo! Original headline had a typo… as you know, we are a barebones staff operating on shoestring budget so these things happen.
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Thanks to all our readers for your support – maybe we will be able to hire a proofread next! 😉

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