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Commitment to Opening 1,000 Locations Nationwide Met, Many Sites Serve Underserved Communities
Building on our comprehensive efforts to help slow the spread of COVID-19, today we launched new testing sites across 30 states thus meeting our commitment to establish 1,000 locations nationwide by the end of May.
More than half the sites will serve communities with the greatest need for support, as measured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Social Vulnerability Index. The index tracks a variety of census variables including poverty, lack of access to transportation, and crowded housing that may weaken a community’s ability to prepare for and recover from hazardous events like natural disasters and disease outbreaks.
A complete list of CVS Pharmacy drive-thru test sites can be found here.
The new sites will utilize self-swab tests and they help enable a goal of processing up to 1.5 million tests per month, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity.
"We’re proud to meet our goal of establishing 1,000 testing sites in communities across the country. This represents an important milestone in our response to the pandemic. We remain grateful for the daily efforts and sacrifices of our front-line colleagues who make the continued expansion of our testing possible."
Larry J. Merlo, Chief Executive Officer, CVS Health.
Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting CDC criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment. Patients will be required to stay in their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window, where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and 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.
Testing will not take place inside any retail locations, and CVS Pharmacy, CVS HealthHUB and MinuteClinic will continue to serve customers and patients.