COVID-19 Testing

COVID-10 Drive-Up Testing

Hartford HealthCare has expanded its COVID-19 testing capabilities.

  • We offer drive-up testing centers at convenient locations throughout the state.

  • We offer same-day, on-site evaluation and testing at our urgent care centers throughout Connecticut.

  • We offer tests for adults and children of all ages, when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

  • We offer mobile testing at areas around the state.

This service allows anyone to be tested safely, without leaving their vehicles.

COVID-19 test results are usually available within 3 – 4 days. However, due to high testing demand in other parts of the country, test results sometimes can be delayed up to 10 days.

About the test: The test takes less than five minutes...

  • Patients drive up to the testing site.
  • The test is performed by our highly-trained colleagues outfitted in protective clothing, including a gown, goggles, mask and gloves.
  • There are two types of tests. Both are effective in diagnosing COVID-19:
    * In one, our colleague uses a long swab to sample in the back of the patient’s nose.
    * In the other test, the patient (under supervision of the colleague) swabs in the inside of both nostrils.
  • The colleague collects the sample and it is 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 3-4 days.
  • Covid Post-Test Information is available here.

For Patients.

You’re encouraged to have a doctor’s referral to obtain a test. This will expedite the process.

If you have symptoms and would like a test, please call your doctor’s office.

If you do not have a doctor, or need assistance, we are happy to help you. Call the Hartford HealthCare Community Care Center at 1.833.621.0600.

Drive-Up Locations

Post-Test Information

For Providers.

Place an order through Epic.

If you do NOT use Epic as your EHR, fill out our online intake form.

After the order is received, your patient will be contacted and scheduled for specimen acquisition at one of Hartford HealthCare’s drive-up testing locations. Those locations are listed below.

Intake Form
Drive-Up Testing Locations
 
  • BRIDGEPORT
    St. Vincent’s Medical Center

    2979 Main Street, Bridgeport
    (across from the campus)
    Testing Hours:
    Mo-Sa, 8am-4pm; Su, 8am-Noon
    Map/Directions >>
    Current Wait Time:

  • HARTFORD
    Hartford Hospital

    560 Hudson Street, Hartford
    (Education and Resource Center)
    Testing Hours:
    Daily, 8am-4pm
    Map/Directions >>
    Current Wait Time:

  • MERIDEN
    MidState Medical Center

    435 Lewis Avenue, Meriden
    (across from the campus)
    Testing Hours:
    Mo-Sa, 8am-4pm; Su, 8am-Noon
    Map/Directions >>
    Current Wait Time:

 
  • NEWINGTON
    Hartford HealthCare System Support Office
     
    181 Patricia M. Genova Drive, Newington
    (next to the Curtis Building)
    Testing Hours:
    Daily, 8am-4pm
    Map/Directions >>
    Current Wait Time:

  • NORWICH
    Backus Hospital @ Dodd Stadium

    Norwich Business Park
    14 Stott Avenue, Norwich
    (5 miles from Backus Hospital)
    Testing Hours:
    Daily, 8am-4pm
    Map/Directions >>
    Current Wait Time:

  • TORRINGTON
    Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

    540 Litchfield Street, Torrington
    (next to the outpatient entrance)
    Testing Hours:
    Mo-Sa, 7am-3pm; Su, CLOSED
    Map/Directions >>
    Current Wait Time:

 
  • WESTPORT
    St. Vincent's Inpatient Behavioral Health Hospital

    47 Long Lots Road, Westport
    Testing Hours:
    Daily, 8am-Noon
    Map/Directions >>
    Current Wait Time:

  • WILLIMANTIC
    Windham Hospital
     
    132 Mansfield Ave., Willimantic
    (before hospital entrance off Mansfield Ave.)
    Testing Hours:
    Mo-Fr, 8am-Noon; Sa-Su, CLOSED
    Map/Directions >>
    Current Wait Time:

  • ALL testing locations will be CLOSED on the following holidays:
    • Thanksgiving (Nov. 26)
    • Christmas (Dec. 25)
    • New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)

    Bathroom facilities are not available at our drive-up testing locations. We apologize for any inconvenience.
     

If you have questions regarding any of our drive-up testing sites, please call 1.833.621.0600.


In-Center Testing Locations
 
Hartford HealthCare GoHealth Urgent Care

We also offer same-day, on-site evaluation and testing at our urgent care centers throughout Connecticut. Both diagnostic (swab) and antibody (blood) tests can be performed at all centers. A provider will evaluate and administer indicated tests during the same visit.

 

View our Hartford HealthCare GoHealth Urgent Care locations


Covid Post-Test Information

You’re having a procedure or surgery

What you should do after your test:

  • If you need to be around other people in or outside of the home, wear a facemask. Stay home from work, school, and away from other public places. If you must go out, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.
  • If you must leave the house, wear a facemask when you are around other people or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.

How you will receive your results:

  • If your test was ordered by your Primary Care Provider, they may call you with a negative or positive result within 4 days.

Please check with your surgeon and MyChartPLUS, prior to surgery for test results.

You’re feeling sick and concerned about symptoms

What you should do after your test:

  • If you test positive or have symptoms of a COVID infection, as much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • If you need to be around other people in or outside of the home, wear a facemask. Stay home from work, school, and away from other public places. If you must go out, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.
  • If you must leave the house, wear a facemask when you are around other people or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
  • Monitor your symptoms carefully. If your symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider immediately.
  • If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19.
  • For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you have or may have COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Get rest and stay hydrated.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household, like dishes, towels, and bedding.
  • Clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.
  • If you are confirmed to have COVID-19, you should remain on home isolation precautions until the risk of spread to others is thought to be low. The decision of when to stop this isolation should be made in consultation with your doctor.

How you will receive your results:

  • If you test positive, you will receive a call with your test results within 4 days.
  • If your test was ordered by your PCP, they may call you with a negative or positive result within 4 days
  • Negative results will be available within 4 days, electronically, via MyChartPLUS, Hartford HealthCare’s patient portal.
  • For more information you may call the Community Care Center @ 860.972.8100 if you have further questions about your test result.

Your employer or community organization is offering testing

What you should do after your test:

  • Cover your cough and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household, like dishes, towels and bedding.

How you will receive your results:

  • If you are tested by Hartford Healthcare at your job or in a community center, and signed a consent to allow your results to be given to personnel affiliated with the work or community site, your results will be sent directly to the designated person within 4 days of the nasal swab being obtained. They will reach out to you with your results.
  • Negative results will be available within 7 days, electronically, via MyChartPLUS, Hartford HealthCare’s patient portal.

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Questions about the coronavirus? Need Emotional Support?
 

Sometimes people need a bit of emotional support. You can get that assistance any time of day or night by calling 1.833.621.0600, Hartford HealthCare’s Community Care Center hotline. Experts from our Behavioral Health Network are available to help with managing feelings and emotions, mental health concerns, substance use issues, and any medical issues and concerns about COVID-19. They may also help schedule follow up appointments, if needed.

Learn more at hhcbehavioralhealth.org/support


Not feeling well? Schedule a Virtual Visit
 

Virtual Health, also known as telehealth or telemedicine, is a convenient option for many patients and a variety of conditions. Hartford HealthCare is committed to keeping our patients and providers connected now and in the future.

Learn more at hartfordhealthcare.org/virtualhealth

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