SOUTHINGTON – Hartford HealthCare will offer COVID testing at the Calendar House today, a temporary move prompted by Southington’s increase in coronavirus cases.
Along with much of the state, Southington is in the red zone, according to health officials. Plainville-Southington Health Director Shane Lockwood said state officials recommend a pop-up testing location for towns with the designation.
A red level means there have been at least 15 cases of coronavirus out of 100,000 people.
The testing will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone can receive a free swab test during that time. Calendar House, the town’s senior center, is located at 388 Pleasant St.
Lockwood said people tested won’t receive the results until after Thanksgiving. Tests results can take up to ten days, although they’re often done in three or four.
Previous testing sites had wait times of several hours, Lockwood said. He doesn’t expect that kind of delay at the Calendar House.
Those looking to get tested should be prepared to stand or sit in line. Bob Verderame, Calendar House director, said the testing will take place in the cafeteria.
“Bring a chair,” he said.
“I would suggest people do not get there early,” Lockwood added. “We don’t want people lining up early.”
The Calendar House has ample parking and access to lots at Depaolo Middle School across the street.
Lockwood said he expects more single-day locations this winter.
Verderame said the Calendar House is still operating services such as the dial-a-ride program and fuel assistance. The building is also open by appointment only.
While most classes have moved online, there are still some fitness groups that meet at the Calendar House. They’re limited to six people who are spaced 12 feet apart, Verderame said.
Pool players can also call ahead to reserve a table at the senior center.
Verderame had considered opening more programs before the recent coronavirus case increase.
“We’re kind of on hold since we’re in the red zone,” he said.