Meeting the Goal on Test Sites

Sites opening across five states this week, more than 900 more to open over next 2 weeks
COMMENTARY
May 14, 2020

Building on our comprehensive efforts to help slow the spread of the virus, on Friday, we will open more than 50 COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Hundreds of additional test sites will be opening across the country over the next two weeks.

The new sites will utilize self-swab tests and mark the next phase of the COVID-19 testing strategy, announced April 27 at the White House. We expect to have up to 1,000 locations across the country offering this service by the end of May, with the goal of processing up to 1.5 million tests per month, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity. Currently, large-scale rapid test sites, which can process a total of nearly 30,000 tests per week, are open in coordination with five states.

"While the large-scale test sites we’ve been operating since early April have proven successful, this new approach allows us to utilize our presence in communities across the country and bring testing closer to home."
Larry J. Merlo,
President and CEO, CVS Health.

Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to age guidelines. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com beginning Friday, May 15 to schedule an appointment. Patients will be required to stay in their cars and directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions; a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly. Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days.

To ensure we have access to adequate testing supplies and capacity, CVS Health is partnering with various independent laboratories.

Testing will not take place inside any retail locations, and CVS Pharmacy, HealthHUB and MinuteClinic will continue to serve customers and patients.

More information on steps CVS Health has taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including steps taken to ensure members have access to medications, as well as perspectives from company leaders on the pandemic is available on our COVID-19 Resource Center.
 

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COMMENTARY
May 14, 2020