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HARTFORD, Conn — Question:

Xibei wrote, “I am looking to take a vacation next month in Maine. But Maine has a 14-day quarantine or alternative with COVID-19 negative test results within 72 hours policy from July 1st… I wonder where I can get a fast test in Connecticut for that vacation.”

Answer:

There are sites statewide where you can get tested. You don’t need a doctor’s note and you don’t have to show symptoms at some of the testing sites. To find out where the nearest one to you is, visit https://uwc.211ct.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/. The State reports testing results usually are given between 24-48 hours. For more FAQ: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/COVID-19-Testing

On the State’s coronavirus website, it says if you need to get a COVID-19 test quickly, CVS Health is offering free rapid testing at Samuel V. Arroyo Recreation Center in Hartford. Please call Hartford 311 at 860-757-9311 to schedule an appointment and pre-register. The rapid testing site will not test people who do not have an appointment or who do not meet the testing criteria. CVS Health abides by CDC guidelines and will only test symptomatic people. Results are usually given with 30 minutes.

CVS Health also has 27 drive-through testing sites throughout the State. Appointments are needed and results typically take two to three days. To find a location near you, visit https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing

Here's a link to the Maine state website.

Here’s what I found from Maine: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/restartingmaine/keepmainehealthy/

Question:

Jim asked, “Several people I've spoken with believe they've had COVID-19. Is there a way to get the anti-body test?”

Answer:

There are several health providers offering the anti-body tests. Hartford Healthcare’s Go Health Urgent Care is just one place to go. On its website, it says test results are usually given within 48-72 hours. The cost of the test is dependent on your health insurance provider. For more information, go here.

American Family Care Urgent Care in Vernon is another place offering the testing. Stamford Health is offering the test with a doctor’s order. And there are many other places, as well. It is important to note that the jury is still out on anti-body tests right now. It’s best to talk to your own practitioner.

Question:

Pete asked, “Can someone please tell me if it's ok to wear a mask without covering your nose? I seem to see that a lot these days.”

Answer:

According to the CDC, the correct way to wear a face covering is to put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin. It should fit snugly against the sides of your face, but make sure you can breathe easily. The CDC recommends leaving the mask on at all times when you are in public. If you touch your mask, make sure to wash your hands immediately.

Question:

Lynne wrote, “Would you please ask Lamont if he would consider temporarily banning out of state vehicles from our beaches? The people of CT pay for the privilege of using these beaches and since the capacity has been reduced it would seem fair that they be accommodating residents before those from out of state. There were many MA cars there this weekend."

Answer:

FOX61 asked the Governor about this. Here’s what he had to say:

“I thought we were able to charge a differential for parking, maybe that’s something in the plans right now. Their beaches are open, by the way. They’ve got very nice beaches, probably better. We’ve had to close down our beaches mid-day or soon there after because of overcrowding, so I think it is better for everybody to stay closer to home,” said Governor Ned Lamont.

FOX61’s Amanda Raus followed up, “So you wouldn’t consider banning out-of-state people from the parks?”

“I’m not sure that’s legal, but I know we can charge for parking and that’s what we’re looking at,” the Governor responded.

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