Conn. will use new batch of rapid COVID tests to ramp up testing in schools: Lamont

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By 1010 WINS

HARTFORD, CT (1010 WINS) -- Connecticut will use some of the approximately 1 million rapid COVID-19 tests the federal government is sending to the state to ramp up testing efforts in schools, Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday. 

President Donald Trump on Monday said the U.S. would distribute 150 million rapid tests to states over the next few weeks. Connecticut is set to receive around 1 million of the Abbott Laboratories tests, which take about 15 minutes to deliver results. 

At a news briefing on Tuesday, Lamont called the test distribution “a pretty big deal.” 

“While we have more PCR tests than just about anybody else, what this allows us to do is, for example, go into our schools, anybody there is showing any symptoms at all… we’ll be able to take care of that and give you a real time response,” he said. The state will receive 69,000 of the new tests in less than a week, he noted. 

“I think this is really important because it allows you to have a test done locally on site, at the school, for example,” he said. “You get an immediate response.” 

Lamont on Tuesday reported two new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 4,505. Of the 10,380 COVID-19 test results that came back in the state on Monday, 182, or 1.75 percent, were positive, he said. 

As of Monday evening, 92 people in the state were hospitalized with COVID-19, up by 17 from Sunday.