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Vermont’s free COVID-19 testing reaches White River Junction

  • Adam Chouinard just returned to Barre, Vt. after an extended, months-long visit to his sister’s home in Arizona and as a precaution made an appointment for a free COVID-19 test provided by the Vermont Department of Health for people with no symptoms at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt., Saturday, May 16, 2020. Hartford Firefighter Mike Tidwell does a nasal swab of the recent Castleton University graduate as VDH Public Health Nurse Supervisor Rhonda Desrochers stands ready to collect the sample at left. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Didi Sheets, of Norwich, right, thanks Claudia Marieb, a substance abuse prevention consultant with the Vermont Department of Health, left, after getting tested for COVID-19 at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt., Saturday, May 16, 2020. After six hours, 333 tests had been done. People who are asymptomatic can make an appointment for a test at future events around the state, including in Springfield, Vt., on May 22, by registering on the Vermont Department of Health website, but spaces are becoming limited. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Staff Report
Published: 5/16/2020 10:03:55 PM
Modified: 5/16/2020 10:03:53 PM

Vermont’s rollout of free COVID-19 testing reached the Upper Valley on Saturday.

Last week, the state began offering tests at no cost to residents who sign up, with no need for a referral from a physician or apparent symptoms of the disease. It was Hartford’s turn Saturday, where 333 tests had been done after six hours of swabbing at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction.

Among those tested was Adam Chouinard, who just returned to Barre, Vt. after an extended, monthslong visit to his sister’s home in Arizona. The recent Castleton University graduate said he made an appointment as a precaution.

Residents can make an appointment for a test at future events around the state by registering on the Vermont Department of Human Resources website, but spaces are limited. As of Saturday evening, all events for the next week, including one in Springfield on Friday, were fully booked except for two in Newport and Lyndonville, according to the sign-up site.




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