A Westport center to administer tests for COVID-19 is being set up at the Greens Farms Railroad Station, where at-home testing kits were distributed Monday to town residents. / File photo

WESTPORT — As COVID-19 cases keep rising — matched by a surge in demand for testing — First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker on Thursday announced the town will distribute at-home kits to its most vulnerable residents and that a PCR test center has been set up at Greens Farms Railroad Station.

An allotment of 1,800 kits (each kit has two tests) from the state is being set aside for Westport residents whose health, economic and living circumstances place them In vulnerable circumstances, Tooker said. 

People considered to be particularly at risk, Tooker said, include the “home-bound, frail/elderly, individuals with disabilities and those with financial or transportation barriers to accessing COVID-19 testing.”

The town’s Department of Human Services is coordinating with the Emergency Management Team to distribute the free at-home tests as long as supplies last. Those who meet the eligibility criteria should email humansrv@westportct.gov or call 203-341-1050.  

Members of the Westport Center for Senior Activities should call the center at 203-341-5099 to request test kits.

In addition, the town Thursday arranged with Progressive Diagnostics — a firm that has also conducted testing for the local school district — to set up a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing site at the Greens Farms Railroad Station, 2 Post Office Lane.

Appointments for tests can be booked online at the Progressive Diagnostics website. Detailed information about cost and insurance for the tests is available by clicking on the appointment link.

The website says testing is done for all variants of COVID-19, and weekday test results are available the same day if done before noon and by the next day if after 12 p.m. Samples taken Saturdays or Sundays are supposed to be available by Monday.