Drive-thru test site coming to Monroe as COVID cases rise

MONROE, CT — A increasing number of Monroe residents are getting sick, with COVID-19 cases on the rise following a two week decline.

In an update on the pandemic issued Friday, First Selectman Ken Kellogg said Monroe is being swept up in the tide of rising cases in Connecticut. The town is up to just over 8.5 new cases per day and its two-week case rate stands at 44.4 cases per 100,000 population, he said.

“Our total number of cases in Monroe is now 777 — confirmed and probable since the beginning of the pandemic,” he said.

Monroe will soon have a COVID-19 test site again. Kellogg said the town secured the services of Community Health Center, Inc., a state testing vendor, to provide free drive-through testing every other Wednesday at Masuk High School starting Jan. 20.

He said more details will be released next week.

“Vaccination efforts continue, both locally and statewide, but remain limited to those in the state ‘phase 1a’ group for individuals in health care and medical first responders,” Kellogg said. “The state has confirmed that the upcoming ‘phase 1b’ will include individuals over age 75 and frontline essential workers.”

Specific guidance, timelines and instructions are expected to be released by the state as early as next week, Kellogg said, adding town officials expect phase 1b to begin in January.

Links to Connecticut vaccination information are on the town’s website.

Kellogg also shared the news of Monroe public schools returning to a hybrid learning model starting Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

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