MADISON, CT — As the town has seen a "rapid uptick" in COVID-19 cases, at-home test kits will be distributed Thursday, according to First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons.
Tests will be distributed through a drive through pick-up line at Brown Intermediate School, 980 Durham Road, starting around 12:30 p.m., Thursday and will continue until supplies run out, which could be up to 3 p.m. or later depending on demand, Lyons said. Cars will not be allowed to line up before noon.
Distribution will be on a first come, first served basis and be limited to 1 test kit per car. Each test kit contains 2 COVID-19 tests. Proof of Madison residency — which may include a driver’s license, tax bill, or car registration with a Madison address, or a 2021 Beach Sticker —is required to receive a test kit.
"Given the volume of tests we will be distributing, please be patient with town staff and public safety while we work to keep the lines moving safely and as quickly as possible," she said.
130 residents currently positive for COVID-19
"We understand that access to testing is limited right now so we encourage anyone who is exhibiting signs of COVID or had a close contact to a family member with COVID to please take advantage of this free at-home test," Lyons said.
Noting the "rapid uptick in active cases," Lyons wrote: "Let’s do what we can now to stop the recent surge of COVID in our community."
"While we recognize people want to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends, we ask everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to take precautionary measures by limiting gathering sizes, and wearing a mask at all times in public settings including local stores and restaurants, and at any large indoor gathering," she said.
Lyons has also reinstituted a mask mandate for all town facilities, regardless of a person’s vaccination status.
"We are also actively monitoring cases and may seek additional policy changes if deemed necessary to protect the public," she said.