CVS Health rapid COVID-19 test site to remain open at Arroyo Center in Hartford through end of 2020


The CVS Health rapid COVID-19 test site in Hartford will stay open through the end of the year rather than closing this week as planned, the city said Tuesday.



a man standing on a sidewalk: In early July, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin (left) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) leave the Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center in Hartford, Connecticut's only CVS Health rapid COVID-19 testing site. The facility will operate through the end of December.


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In early July, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin (left) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) leave the Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center in Hartford, Connecticut’s only CVS Health rapid COVID-19 testing site. The facility will operate through the end of December.

It’s the second extension of the free, walk-up, COVID-19 testing at the Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center in Pope Park, which CVS Health has been operating since June. The site, supported through a contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was initially scheduled to run through July and then through September.

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Patients can schedule an appointment by calling Hartford 311 at 860-757-9311, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Results are available within about half an hour.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and other city officials will provide an update at 3:15 p.m. on coronavirus cases in the city.

As of Sept. 20, there was a seven-day average of eight new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in Hartford, according to city health director Liany Arroyo.

As of Sunday, there were 25 people hospitalized with the virus in Hartford County.

Here’s where you can get a coronavirus test in Hartford:

Hartford Hospital, 560 Hudson St. Daily, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Drive-thru and walk-up testing is available. If you have a primary care physician, they will refer you. If you don’t have a physician or have other questions, call Hartford HealthCare’s clinical call center at 860-972-8100 or toll-free at 833-621-0600.

St. Francis Hospital, 1000 Asylum Ave. Monday-Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.: Drive-thru and walk-up testing is available. No appointment is necessary. Testing for children is available. For information, call 860-714-4000, Ext. 1.

CVS Pharmacy, 479 Blue Hills Ave.: Drive-thru only. Register online at https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing.

CVS Pharmacy,150 Washington St.: Drive-thru only. Register online at https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing.

CVS Pharmacy, 690 Wethersfield Ave.: Drive-thru only. Register online at https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing.

Charter Oak Health Center, 21 Grand St. Daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-in only. Make an appointment by calling 860-550-7500.

InterCommunity Inc., 16 Coventry St. Monday-Friday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-up and drive-thru available. No appointment required. For information, call 860-569-5900.

Wheeler Clinic Health and Wellness Center, 43-49 Woodland St. For information, call 860-793-3500.

Community Health Services, 500 Albany Ave. Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointment required, for current CHS patients only. To schedule an appointment, call 860-249-9625.

Hartford Public Schools. Nurses will soon begin offering COVID-19 tests to symptomatic students and staff. Results will be processed by Hartford Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center within 24 hours.

Rebecca Lurye can be reached at [email protected]

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