Another round of COVID test kit distribution set for Norwalk

Covid-19 test kits are piled high for distribution to residents at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Conn. on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Covid-19 test kits are piled high for distribution to residents at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Conn. on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

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NORWALK — An additional 5,700 at-home COVID-19 test kits are scheduled to be distributed to Norwalkers this weekend, by appointment only.

The kits, each containing two tests, will be distributed from 9 a.m. to noon at Veteran’s Park, according to a city statement.

Residents must register in advance for a 15-minute pickup slot. Appointments will be made available at 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to the statement.

Residents who received COVID-19 testing kits at Calf Pasture Beach last week are encouraged not to make an appointment for more tests. Additionally, residents are asked only to make an appointment if experiencing symptoms or have a known COVID-19 exposure.

“I understand the frustration of not being able to find a test, and I am hopeful this distribution will help get tests into the hands of those who need them,” Mayor Harry Rilling said. “Please don’t make an appointment to stockpile test kits for ‘what-if’ scenarios. There is a limited supply, and we need to make sure they go to as many people as possible who need them now.”

Norwalkers will be required to show proof of their appointment for test pickup and proof of residency, such as a photo ID or piece of mail, upon arrival. People who arrive prior to their appointment time may be turned away, according to the statement.

The kits distributed are iHealth at-home COVID-19 test kits, and there will be a limit of two kits per household, for a total number of four tests per household. No masks will be distributed at Sunday’s event.

This is the second mass distribution of at-home COVID-19 test kits by the city. The first, held on Jan. 4, saw nearly 8,000 single-test kits distributed at Calf Pasture Beach to the general public.

An additional 5,000 or so tests were distributed to first responders and people in congregate living settings across the city.

The number of tests to be distributed Sunday provided to the city by the state of Connecticut.

The city developed an online portal for residents to share their test results directly with the Norwalk Health Department. Residents are encouraged to report their test results at

The Biden Administration is requiring insurance companies and group health plans to cover the cost of over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests, so people with private health coverage can get them for free starting Jan. 15, according to the statement.