Coronavirus Resources

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Drive-Through Testing

Hartford HealthCare has opened drive-through testing centers at several locations throughout the state allowing patients with symptoms and possible exposure to be tested without leaving their vehicles.


To be tested, patients must have a referral through the Hartford HealthCare Clinical Command Center at 860.972.8100 or toll-free 833.621.0600.

Callers will have a virtual health visit with a physician who will then order the test if necessary. Patients without a referral will not receive testing at a Hartford HealthCare drive-through testing site.

The test, which takes less than five minutes, is administered by a physician, advanced practice provider or nurse outfitted in protective clothing, including a gown, goggles, mask and gloves. Patients drive up to the testing site where the clinician swabs the patient’s nose and throat collecting a sample that will be sent for evaluation. After testing, patients are given follow-up instructions and information about self-isolation. Patients will receive their results through MyChart or by phone within four days.

Testing Locations

  • Hartford Hospital
    Education and Resource Center
    560 Hudson Street, Hartford
    Testing Hours:
    Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.
    Sat-Sun, 2-5pm.
    Map/Directions >>

  • Backus Hospital
    326 Washington Street, Norwich
    Main parking lot
    Testing Hours:
    Daily, 9am-Noon.
    Map/Directions >>

  • Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
    540 Litchfield Street, Torrington
    Adjacent to the outpatient entrance
    Testing Hours:
    Mon-Fri, 8am-Noon.
    Sat-Sun, 2-5pm.
    Map/Directions >>

  • MidState Medical Center
    435 Lewis Avenue, Meriden
    Across from the main entrance
    Testing Hours:
    Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.
    Sat-Sun, 2-5pm.
    Map/Directions >>

  • St. Vincent’s Medical Center
    2979 Main Street, Bridgeport
    Across from the campus
    Testing Hours:
    Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.
    Sat-Sun, 2-5pm.
    Map/Directions >>


Prevention Tips

A new kind of five

Take similar precautions as you would during the flu season. The best way to prevent the spread of this new virus is to cover your cough, stay home when you’re sick and avoid being within six feet of others who might be sick.

More recommendations from the CDC include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • When using a hand sanitizer, make sure it contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t shake hands. It’s not about being rude, it’s just being careful.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Take good care of yourself. For example, quite smoking. The healthier you are, the better your chances of “weathering the storm.”
  • Don’t wear face masks unless you are sick. They need to be conserved in case of emergency.
  • Consider what you would do if schools or daycares close.
  • Practice social distancing... stay 6 feet away from others.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Web Resources

Questions about the coronavirus? Need help?

Hartford HealthCare’s COVID-19 Clinical Command Center hotline, staffed by healthcare professionals, is now available to the community.

To reach the 24-hour hotline, call 860.972.8100 or (toll-free) 833.621.0600.

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Not feeling well?

Call your healthcare provider for guidance and try to avoid going directly to an emergency department or urgent care center, as this could increase the chances of the disease spreading.

Click here to schedule a virtual visit with a Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care doctor.