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Shipment containing thousands of rapid home test kits arrives in New Britain

After announcing there would be no home deliveries of COVID-19 test kits, Governor Ned Lamont said a shipment containing 426,000 kits had been delivered overnight to the commodity warehouse COVID-19 in New Britain.

Lamont says they plan to start providing kits to municipalities.

News 12 asked Governor Lamont which municipalities would receive these tests. There was no clear answer, but he said they were still working on a schedule.

On Thursday evening, Lamont had announced that deliveries of the promised 3 million rapid test kits would not be made due to soaring prices and competition. Lamont’s office said they had a contract with a major supplier on the West Coast – who then misrepresented the status of the order to the state.

Public Health Department Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani said the bureau was tricked when given photos showing the tests were on a plane bound for Connecticut.

Lamont shed some light on the competition to get the tests.

“They get the salary of 40 other governors,” Lamont explains. “When the demand exceeds the supply, when there’s this incredible urgency on the part of the population to get them, it gives brokers some leverage.”