Milford plans to get COVID test kits to homebound, vulnerable residents

People wait in their cars to get at home COVID-19 rapid test kits form the distribution location at Foran High School on Monday. The city held two distributions one at Foran and the other at the Walnut Beach parking lot

People wait in their cars to get at home COVID-19 rapid test kits form the distribution location at Foran High School on Monday. The city held two distributions one at Foran and the other at the Walnut Beach parking lot

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MILFORD - The city’s Health Department is working with area groups and organizations to provide a limited supply of COVID-19 at-home rapid test kits targeted towards vulnerable populations and homebound residents.

As the number of kits that are available is limited at this time, city Chief of Staff Justin Rosen said this allocation is “intended for Milford residents who may be experiencing symptoms and/or had a recent exposure to an individual who is positive for COVID-19.”

The Milford Health Department is working with the Beth-El Center, Milford Redevelopment & Housing Partnership, River Park Elderly Housing Management, Sara Nor Housing, the Milford Senior Center, Milford Meals on Wheels program (through Milford Senior Center), and local daycare centers to provide a limited allocation of at-home test kits.

Per the CDC recommendations, if a self-test yields a positive result, an individual should stay home or isolate and wear a mask. There is no need to obtain a follow up PCR test.

Given the highly infectious nature of the omicron variant and the increase in cases locally, officials have said it is most important to get vaccinated, get a booster for those eligible, wear a mask both in public spaces and when interacting in close contact with individuals outside of your household, and stay home if you are sick.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com