Get Tested

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Last updated January 19, 2021, 9:45 am.

Testing is an important tool to help communities slow the spread of COVID-19, but the guidance for testing can be confusing. 

Some basic tips:

  • Use the test that's right for you. PCR tests are a good option whether you have symptoms or not. Rapid antigen tests are NOT recommended for people who do not have symptoms. 
  • Stay home while you wait for results, especially if you feel sick or know you've been exposed.
  • If you've been exposed to COVID, you must quarantine for the full 14 days, even if you get a negative test during your quarantine period. 
  • A negative test is just a snapshot in time, and doesn't mean it's safe to ignore other precautions. Even if you have had a negative test recently, you should still avoid gatherings, wear your mask, and keep your distance from people outside your household.

For more detailed information, read COVID-19 Testing: Frequently Asked Questions

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Testing Locations

COVID-19 testing is more widely available than ever before. As cases increase around the state, Norwalkers are recommended to get tested regularly, even if you don't have symptoms. Each testing provider operates differently, including hours, procedures, cost, and turnaround time for results. Please call sites for details.

Regular testing locations in/around Norwalk:

  • Day Street Community Health Center
    • Drive-Thru testing at two locations:
      • Veteran’s Park, 42 Seaview Avenue
      • Norwalk Community College, Richards Avenue
    • (475) 241-0740; 
    • 7 days/week, 8:30 am - 4 pm (due to high demand, testing lines may be closed at 3:30 pm)
    • No cost to patients
    • Available for everyone; you do not need an appointment, symptoms, insurance, or a doctor's note
  • Nuvance Health/Norwalk Hospital
    • COVID-19 Community Hotline: 1-888-667-9262
    • Visit their website to learn more about testing services
    • Doctor's order required* 
  • Norwalk Community Health Center
    • Smilow Life Center, 55 Chestnut Street
    • (203) 851-1065;
    • BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Monday-Friday, 8 am - 12 pm
    • No doctor's note or symptoms are needed.
  • CVS Testing Services (various locations throughout the state): 
  • Murphy Medical Associates (multiple testing locations): 
  • Stamford Hospital Call Center: (203) 276-4111; open daily, 7 am - 7 pm
  • Yale New Haven Health: Visit their website to learn more about testing services.

Pop-up testing dates and locations (updated regularly):

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*If you need a doctor, please contact your health insurance company to find one or call one of the Community Health Centers listed below. If you do not have health insurance or a doctor, call one of Norwalk’s Community Health Centers to establish care and learn more about testing. 

  • Norwalk Community Health Center: (203) 899-1770
  • Day Street Community Health Center: (203) 854-9292

Click here to read the CDC’s guidance on testing for COVID-19.

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