Naugatuck Valley HD launches coronavirus reporting webpage

NAUGATUCK VALLEY, CT – The Naugatuck Valley Health District has created an online method for confidential, individual coronavirus reporting specifically for the Valley community, Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour and Shelton.

Called “COVID-19 Positive NVHD Home Test Self-Report Tool“, it allows residents to voluntarily report a positive result from an FDA-approved rapid home COVID-19 antigen test.

“Participation in this survey is confidential and voluntary,” the officials wrote in the announcement. “We ask that you use this method ONLY if you, or your child (minor under 18), has tested positive using a home test.”

With COVID-19 home tests readily available, many of those test results are no longer being reported, prompting the creation of the webpage, officials said. Home testing differs from testing done in a doctor’s office or at a testing site because these results are reported to the Department of Public Health and the Naugatuck Valley Health District.

“Due to home testing not being reported to state and local health departments, we are now noticing a difference in our data and case rates, not only in the state of Connecticut, but also in the valley,” officials said.

The link to the reporting page is here:

“These confidential reports will help NVHD establish a more accurate understanding of COVID-19 case rates in the Valley,” officials said. “The ultimate goal of this effort is to help you; the more positivity rate data we have, the better able we are to provide the guidance, support and education needed to help our residents slow the spread of COVID. -19 in our community.”

For questions regarding the COVID-19 Home Test Self-Report Tool, contact the Naugatuck Valley Health District at 203-881-3255 ext. 116. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and need advice, take advantage of the reporting tool and request that an NVHD contact tracer call you to provide further assistance. If you have general questions about COVID-19, use ext. 116/118 or call our hotline 475-675-5733 for after hours notifications.

“Please note that we are doing our best to contact everyone and ask that you give us 1-2 business days to contact you or return your call,” officials said.

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