Majority of Stamford Emergency Response Providers Tested for COVID-19

STAMFORD, Conn. — Mayor David Martin announced over 300 of Stamford’s emergency response providers have now been tested for COVID-19. The City began testing all asymptomatic emergency response providers last week, and continued testing over the weekend, including Stamford’s Police Department, Fire Department, Stamford Emergency Medical Services, 911 Communications, and Department of Health nurses at testing sites.

“One of the very best ways to stop the spread of this virus is to identify individuals who are spreading it without showing symptoms,” said Mayor David Martin. “Our emergency response providers are on the frontlines fighting against this virus and it is our responsibility as a City to ensure they remain healthy — both for their safety, the safety of their families, and for the safety of the public.”

Emergency response providers were given nasopharyngeal tests (“nasal swab”) provided by DOCS Urgent Care and Murphy Medical Associates. Test results have been provided within 48 hours after being processed by one of the City’s lab partners: Quest Diagnostics and Sema4 Labs.

Out of the 320 tests conducted as of yesterday, 206 tests results have been returned — 6 have tested positive (3 percent), while 200 have tested negative (97 percent).

Testing is continuing for the remainder of this week as the City is awaiting results on an additional 114 tests given to emergency response providers so far this week. Emergency response providers who tested positive are quarantined to reduce exposure of the virus to others. Emergency response providers who tested negative will be tested again within a few weeks, even if they continue to be asymptomatic. As more testing capacity become available, the City intends to expand its asymptomatic testing program to essential workers at nursing homes and senior living facilities.