As sold-out pharmacy shelves continue to display the signs of a nationwide shortage of at-home COVID-19 tests, officials in Connecticut are advising residents against stockpiling more kits than they plan on using. Stocks of at-home test kits have been completely sold-out at many pharmacies and retail stores across the state for weeks, sending many residents looking to purchase tests online \u2014 where shipments can take weeks \u2014 or waiting in long lines for some of the millions of free tests being distributed by the state. For Connecticut residents who are able to find tests for sale, experts recommended keeping enough around the home to use in a given week. For many individuals and families, that means a stockpile of no more than one or two tests at a time. Art Caplan, a Ridgefield resident and founder of New York University\u2019s Langone Division of Medical Ethics, said the line between responsible testing and hoarding depends largely on a person\u2019s day-to-day activities and likelihood of exposure. \u201cThat answer depends on what you do,\u201d Caplan said. \u201cIf you're a health care worker, waitress, teacher, you might want to keep enough at-home tests so you can test once a week.\u201d But those who work from home shouldn\u2019t be stockpiling as many tests, he said. \u201cIf you work from home, like I do, what I need is maybe two tests for the month and they\u2019re mainly for me to take a look in case somebody comes into the house that might have carried the virus in,\u201d he said. The strained-supply for at-home testing has also led to rising prices for the kits, which typically sell for between $15 and $30. At least eight complaints about price gouging of at-home tests have been submitted to Attorney General William Tong\u2019s office, including reports of prices above $75, according to a spokesperson, who noted the complaints do not indicate whether a violation actually occurred. In a statement, Tong expressed sympathy for those unable to obtain at-home test kits, saying he also had a difficult time finding tests for his family around the holidays. Tong said his office has not received any complaints related to hoarding of tests. \u201cThese are the types of stressful moments, in the middle of a supply-chain crunch, that scammers try to exploit,\u201d Tong said. \u201cMake sure you are buying what you need, and only what you need, and working only with reputable sellers.\u201d In order to discourage hoarding and maintain their limited stocks, local and national retailers have capped the number of test kits customers may purchase at one time. CVS, for example, is limiting purchases to six kits at a time, according to a spokesperson, while Walgreens is capping purchases at four tests per customer. Stew Leonard\u2019s \u2014 which briefly became one of few retailers in the state to recently have a large stock of at-home tests \u2014 also imposed a four-kit limit before its supply was exhausted. Municipalities and school districts throughout the state also placed limits on the distribution of tests, after they were tasked with distributing hundreds of thousands of test kits acquired by state officials since the start of the year. State public health officials have not issued any formal guidance to limit the number of tests being handed out to individual households, though Max Reiss, a spokesperson for Gov. Ned Lamont, said the administration is encouraging \u201ccommon sense,\u201d for people seeking to keep a small supply of tests at home. \u201cA test that\u2019s not being used, is not a good use of a test,\u201d Reiss said. \u201cPeople shouldn\u2019t be having around four, five, six, seven, eight test kits as a \u2018just in case.\u2019\u201d Ajay Kumar, executive vice president and chief clinical officer for Hartford HealthCare, also said stockpiling test kits could hamper the larger effort to make widespread and regular testing available for the public. \u201cI think folks should have one or two kits if you're able to get a handle on them and use them wisely,\u201d Kumar said. Neither CVS nor Walgreens provided an estimate for when supplies of at-home test kits would become more readily available at their pharmacies when asked by Hearst Connecticut Media.