Mobile coronavirus testing starting for West Haven housing authority residents
WEST HAVEN — Savin Rock Communities, formerly known as West Haven Housing Authority has announced that COVID-19 testing for residents will start Thursday at Surfside Apartments, according to state Rep. Dorinda Borer.
Savin Rock Communities houses about 1,000 residents in seven developments across the city. Of that population, approximately 60 percent are seniors and/or disabled residents potentially at higher risk if they contract COVID-19, a release from Borer states.
Surfside is Savin Rock Communities’ largest housing complex. Testing for other Savin Rock Communities sites will be scheduled following Thursday’s kickoff.
“On behalf of the board, staff and residents of SRC we would like to thank state Rep. Dorinda Borer for responding to the need and connecting Savin Rock Communities with several state authorized testing providers,” said Housing Authority Director John Counter.
Borer, D-West Haven, a member of the legislature’s Public Health Committee, helped spearhead the initiative to ensure West Haven would be a pilot city for the statewide mobile program, the release states.
“Our Housing authority buildings are home to many seniors and lower income families who have health complications, aides that travel in and out of the building and limited transportation,” Borer said. “Bringing mobile units to these sites supports the critical heath care need of over 1,000 at-risk residents and is a mitigator to the overall spread within our city.”
Counter said the collaboration with Cornell Scott Hill-Health Center will be at no charge to residents.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, SRC has collaborated with the mayor’s office, nonprofits and community organizations to respond to residents’ needs, the release states.
The mayor’s office and team provided food drops to residents, assisted with acquiring essential PPE and access to providers for masks, gloves and sanitizers, the release states.
Testing will be for symptomatic and asymptomatic residents and will be coordinated with the residents, the release states.
Borer who also secured the Yale New Haven Health Mobile Unit program to come to various locations in West Haven in July, said, “When it comes to precautionary measures and testing, now is not the time to rest on our laurels or take our foot off the gas. We will take any and all availability of mobile unit programs in our city. “
Mobile testing only recently became available in the New Haven area, Borer said.