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Wednesday, August 12 Local

Candidate for Seymour state representative tests positive for coronavirus

SEYMOUR — Christopher Bowen, a candidate for state representative, is calling for faster COVID-19 testing after he tested positive for the virus.

He and his wife were tested as a precaution at Premier Urgent Care in Oxford on July 22, Bowen said in a post on Facebook on Wednesday.

“I will add my name to the chorus of people pushing for better, faster testing,” said a Wednesday Facebook post from Bowen, a Democrat challenging Nicole Klarides-Kitria for her state representative seat.

Bowen said he tried to get a rapid test done Wednesday but said it was “just not possible.” He said one rapid test site, in Hartford, couldn’t see him until next Tuesday.

Bowen said he and his wife got tested because they are “sometimes around people and want to be absolutely sure.”

In the social media post, published Wednesday, Bowen said he went to a “lightly attended, socially distanced, outdoor event in Beacon Falls” on Tuesday. He said masks were worn, but he still told the Beacon Falls Democratic Town Committee of his positive test results as a precaution.

“This morning,” Bowen said Wednesday, “my wife and I received word that our COVID-19 test from last Wednesday was positive. We have been asymptomatic the whole time.”

Bowen said after talking to medical professionals, specifically the doctor at the urgent care facility, they were told they could be swabbed to get tested again, but there would be “no point.”

“We were informed that a positive test is likely even well after the fact, and that even though we tested positive as of last Wednesday, there’s a strong chance we weren’t even contagious.”

Still, Bowen said, the “costs of being wrong are too high.” He said he and his wife — and his campaign — would implement several precautions. He said he will get tested again “in a week or two.”

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