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State delivery of rapid COVID-19 tests delayed by supply chain issues

Home test kits ready for distribution as Hartford doles out COVID-19 test kits while state shipments suffer supply chain delays December 30, 2021 at Hartford Public Library, Albany Avenue Branch in Hartford, Connecticut.
Joe Amon
Connecticut Public
Gov. Ned Lamont had been set to deploy the Connecticut National Guard to help distribute state-purchased COVID-19 rapid tests, but now shipments suffer supply chain delays. Pictured above are home test kits provided by the city of Hartford ready for distribution at the Hartford Public Library on December 30, 2021.

Connecticut’s shipment of COVID-19 at-home rapid test kits is delayed, according to Gov. Ned Lamont.

Tests were scheduled to arrive by plane on Thursday morning, but supply chain issues on the West Coast have delayed delivery. The new arrival timeline is unknown.

Lamont announced earlier this week that millions of free at-home test kits were headed to municipalities to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The news comes as Connecticut public health officials announced that the state positivity rate reached a record high for the third day in a row, climbing to nearly 18% on Wednesday. Of the 1,113 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state, 73% are not fully vaccinated.

Distribution of the test kits and N95 masks has been left up to cities and towns. Some had scheduled giveaways as early as Thursday afternoon.

Camila Vallejo is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms. She is a bilingual reporter based out of Fairfield County and welcomes all story ideas at cvallejo@ctpublic.org.

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