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Health Director: Westport’s First Covid-19 Case Confirmed

In total, 105 individuals have been tested in Connecticut: 6 positive and 99 negative.

Later this was updated to 136 individuals tested with 11 positive and 125 negative.

Cooper said the number of Fairfield County test results will start to increase once the test results become known from those that were collected on Thursday.

“It is my understanding that once a nasal swab is sent to the lab, the results should be back in three to five days,” he said. “The samples collected today are being shipped overnight to a private laboratory in California because the State Laboratory is running near or at capacity.”

According to Cooper, the WWHD received its first batch of test kits on Wednesday evening and began limited testing on Thursday afternoon.

“This first batch of 40 kits was used for those exposed last week and who have COVID19 symptoms,”  he said, referring to a Westport bon voyage party for a man not from the United States who confirmed he tested positive for the virus upon returning home. His country was not disclosed.

“Kits were ordered last week and it is my understanding that more will be arriving in the days ahead,” Cooper said.

“The Health District’s priority is to test those with a known or presumed exposure to a positive COVID19 patient and who are exhibiting symptoms.

“The next batch of kits is also expected to be about 40 kits and we will notify those exposed with symptoms when we can schedule the next round of testing.

“There is a waiting list from which we will draw the names to be tested in the next round.”

In total, 105 individuals have been tested in Connecticut: 6 positive and 99 negative.

Later this was updated to 136 individuals tested with 11 positive and 125 negative.

Cooper said the number of Fairfield County test results will start to increase once the test results become known from those that were collected on Thursday.

“It is my understanding that once a nasal swab is sent to the lab, the results should be back in three to five days,” he said. “The samples collected today are being shipped overnight to a private laboratory in California because the State Laboratory is running near or at capacity.”

According to Cooper, the WWHD received its first batch of test kits on Wednesday evening and began limited testing on Thursday afternoon.

“This first batch of 40 kits was used for those exposed last week and who have COVID19 symptoms,”  he said, referring to a Westport bon voyage party for a man not from the United States who confirmed he tested positive for the virus upon returning home. His country was not disclosed.

“Kits were ordered last week and it is my understanding that more will be arriving in the days ahead,” Cooper said.

“The Health District’s priority is to test those with a known or presumed exposure to a positive COVID19 patient and who are exhibiting symptoms.

“The next batch of kits is also expected to be about 40 kits and we will notify those exposed with symptoms when we can schedule the next round of testing.

“There is a waiting list from which we will draw the names to be tested in the next round.”

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