Free COVID-19 rapid self-test kits will be available Thursday

Monroe Town Hall in the evening. Photo by John Babina

MONROE, CT — Monroe will distribute free COVID-19 rapid self-test kits to town residents on Thursday, Dec. 30, First Selectman Ken Kellogg announced Tuesday.

“The primary objective is to provide testing for those residents who are unable to find an alternative testing location and have a known exposure or who are symptomatic,” he said in a press release.

The State is allocating test kits based upon population and Monroe is receiving approximately 2,400 kits.

“Since supplies are so limited, we are currently able to provide only one kit per vehicle, on a first come, first served basis,” Kellogg said. “Each kit contains two tests.”

Monroe residents can pick up a test kit on Thursday, Dec. 30, from 2 to 6 p.m. (or while supplies last) at Jockey Hollow Middle School, 365 Fan Hill Road. This will be a drive-through pickup and identification showing Monroe residency is required.

“Please do not arrive early, as vehicles will not be allowed to line up in advance,” Kellogg said.

The State is currently planning for a separate test kit distribution in January for students in grades k-12, according to Kellogg, who said further details are expected next week and will be communicated as soon as available to the Monroe school community.

“As transmission has continued to increase throughout the state, we encourage those not fully vaccinated and boosted to visit the COVID-19 page on our website, for links to find vaccination and boosters in our area,” the first selectman said.


    • No joke to residents who use it on a regular basis to get rid of leaves, brnches trees and pick up dirt, mulch and compost,

  1. With limited supply of test kits and limited by vehicle and hours of 2-6 pm at jockey hollow school, and no line allowed, what are people supposed to do?
    Ride around the area in circles and try to dart into the driveway since no lines will be allowed?

    Logistics need some work here, then dissemination to residents.

    • First items should go to EMT’s , Police, and Fire department volunteers and school teachers and personell first with an ample supply to fill their needs on a repeated basis. Then the remainder to the general public.

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