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Connecticut will not receive scheduled delivery of COVID test kits

Governor Lamont says more orders are on the way, but it’s unclear when they’ll arrive in Connecticut.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – Sending home COVID-19 test kits that state authorities have been waiting for could take even longer than expected.

Governor Ned Lamont provided an update Thursday on the delays officials were made aware of the previous night, saying some of those tests are no longer heading to Connecticut.

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The governor’s office said it placed a purchase order with a wholesaler for 500,000 test kits, but the deal fell through. The governor did not disclose which group the state was working with. The state did not pay the wholesaler because delivery was not made, officials said.

“We absolutely had a contract,” said Manisha Juthani, MD, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health. “We were given photos and confirmation that the product was being loaded and on the way. These were misrepresented to us.”

These test kits were to be distributed to cities and towns, which were to hold distribution events on Thursday and Friday to distribute these kits to eligible residents. Many municipalities have since canceled their events, or postponed them to a later date to be determined.

“Connecticut is not receiving this specific order of home testing kits promised by the governor, and it’s not because of the ‘shipping issues’ that have been described all week,” the chief said Thursday evening. House Republican Vincent Candelora. ‘t have in fact been irresponsible, and whether it was due to administrative failure by his team, or whether they were misled by their supplier as is now claimed, this news comes at the worst possible time for city officials. and the stressed locals I definitely feel like I was cheated. The governor is expected to start rebuilding the trust he lost this week by immediately drawing up a detailed plan to create more traditional testing sites to meet growing demand.

State officials said more test kit orders are on their way to Connecticut, but it’s unclear when they will arrive.

Not all of these COVID test kits are out of reach. A pallet of test kits arrived at the New Britain Goods Warehouse on Thursday.

Governor Lamont plans to receive more tests “very soon, hopefully in time for the new school year, which is January 3.”

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The state is “scouring the world” for testing supplies to meet increased demand.

“We’re here again to get all the testing materials we need, just like a year ago with the masks,” Lamont said.

The CT National Guard spent the day mobilizing nearly a million N95 masks that the state has set aside, and 200,000 of them arrived Thursday night at the East Hartford Public Safety Complex. They were being loaded from the truck minutes before Lamont’s update.

“N95 masks are the best you could ask for,” Lamont added.

With the current spike in COVID-19 cases in the state, Lamont said to “continue to exercise caution.”

Leah Myers is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at [email protected]

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