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More free COVID tests for Stamford? Simmons says city expects ‘another shipment’ as positivity rate soars

STAMFORD – Mayor Caroline Simmons announced on Tuesday that Stamford is set to acquire another set of COVID-19 antigen tests to distribute free to residents just days after thousands of residents lined up in city parks to get state home testing.

“We expect to pick up another shipment of additional tests tomorrow, and we’ll keep everyone updated on when and how these will be distributed,” Simmons said during his bi-weekly pandemic update.

When asked for clarification on the shipment and its origins, Simmons was not immediately available to comment.

In the days after the New Year, the city reported a seven-day average of cases north of 200 new daily infections, according to its COVID-19 dashboard. The figure has increased twelvefold in the past month alone, and by 4,905% since recent lows in early November, surpassing all previous measurements of high transmission in the city.

Similarly, the local positivity rate also skyrocketed because of the omicron variant. City data showed a 30 per cent positivity rate on Stamford’s seven-day average, but data from Stamford Hospital specifically showed an even more dire picture. Dr. Asha Shah, director of infectious diseases at Stamford Health, reported a one-week positivity rate of 40.45% among some 4,500 tests performed, according to the hospital’s most recent figures.

Shah added that 76 patients are currently hospitalized at Stamford Health, 54% of whom were unvaccinated.

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