CIC Health Opens No-Cost Coronavirus Testing Site in Stamford

RJ Scofield
·3 min read

Information via the city of Stamford

STAMFORD, Conn. — Mayor David Martin announced Thursday a new coronavirus testing site to be located at 845 Canal Street in the city's South End.

CIC Health, in partnership with the state, and with a generous contribution from Building and Land Technology (BLT), is opening a free testing center that will facilitate quick RT-PCR test results for residents, according to a news release.

This new testing site is easily accessible from I-95, providing a testing site that residents in Stamford, or neighboring towns, can regularly use.

Testing is by appointment at www.cic-health.com/individuals. Results are usually delivered in 24 to 36 hours. (To sign up for Stamford breaking news alerts and more, click here.)

"This new testing site from CIC Health provides more testing capacity in Stamford, ensuring residents do not need to wait in line or plan their day around getting tested. Getting a test is quick, free, results are usually available in a day, and this site is easily accessible. There's no reason not to get regularly tested," Martin said in a release. "I've always believed that one of the best ways for our residents to stay safe during this pandemic is to have access to testing, which is why my staff has worked to expand testing capacity in Stamford. Until everyone is vaccinated, I urge residents to get regularly tested so everyone can protect their family and we can limit the spread of COVID-19 in Stamford. Stamford is fortunate to have business leaders like BLT, who are concerned about the welfare of the public during this pandemic, and are willing to provide space at no cost to CIC, the city or the state. I appreciate BLT's coordinating the logistics in order to get the site opened quickly."

CIC Health has coordinated with the State to provide testing across Connecticut, including in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and now Stamford. CIC Health is initially focusing on Connecticut’s densely populated areas with a high testing need, city officials said.

This expansion of Connecticut's statewide community testing program comes at a crucial time as the number of COVID-19 case numbers in Connecticut are still well above the "red zone," identified by the State's Department of Public Health, city officials said.

This testing site operates Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tests are paid for by the state, making them free to residents, and do not require insurance or a doctor's order. Appointments are available to anyone seeking a test, including asymptomatic individuals, which greatly increases early detection of the virus, city officials said.

CIC Health facilitates the gold-standard PCR test, self-administered with a quick, shallow nasal swab. The process takes about five minutes, and tests are scheduled in advance to prevent long wait times and lines. Results are usually delivered in 24-36 hours — a significant improvement over the wait times of many providers, city officials said.

Having facilitated more than 815,000 tests for over 375 organizations and thousands of individuals at 26 public testing sites, CIC Health has quickly become one of the most trusted and efficient COVID-19 testing providers in New England, city officials said.

Since its inception in August, CIC Health has successfully increased access to, and reduced wait and results turnaround times for, much-needed COVID-19 testing in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and now Connecticut, city officials said.

Further information can be found at cic-health.com and on the city's website.

This article originally appeared on the Stamford Patch