CVS Announces Rapid COVID-19 Testing Site in Lincoln
CVS says positive results can be determined in under 5 minutes.
WOONSOCKET, R.I (WLNE) – To help support local communities, CVS joined forces with federal and state health officials to open two rapid COVID-19 testing sites in Georgia and Rhode Island.
Beginning on Monday, patients can to pre-register at CVS.com to schedule a same-day time slot for testing.
CVS will utilize the company’s retail medical clinic, MinuteClinic to oversee the testing which is at no cost to the patients.
“Our MinuteClinic providers join countless other heroic health care professionals across the country and around the world in forming the first line of defense against this devastating virus,” said Troyen Brennan, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, CVS Health. “
According to CVS, negative results in as little as 13 minutes, and positive results in as little as 5 minutes.
To be eligible for the test, you need to be a Rhode Island resident and be over 18 years-old.
Another site was set up by the company in Atlanta, GA.
Children who need to be tested have to go through their pediatrician where they will be set up with a test.
“Today marks a giant leap forward in our efforts to combat this virus. Thanks to the partnership and generosity of CVS Health, we will be able to double our testing capacity and provide on-the-spot results to thousands of Rhode Islanders each day. Making testing rapid and readily available is the key to slowly reopening our economy, and today we are one step closer to that goal,” said Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo.
The Lincoln testing site is located in the parking lot of Twin River Casino and will be available to eligible residents who meet established criteria by the CDC.
“We are pleased to offer Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln as a rapid COVID-19 drive through testing site. We are supporting the efforts of the RI Department of Health, CVS Health, the Rhode Island State Police and the RI National Guard to ensure as smooth a testing experience as possible. This level of collaboration truly is representative of the fact that we are all in this together, and we stand ready to do all we can to support the continued health and safety of all Rhode Islanders during this pandemic,” said a spokesperson for Twin River.
Dr. Troyen Brennan is the Chief Medical Officer with CVS who said that getting such quick test results gives people a big advantage when recovering from COVID-19.
“It allows earlier intervention people can make plans, they can quarantine, the state can sort of understand who’s infected and where infections are occurring and take appropriate steps based on that,” Brennan said. “We’ve been in feverish planning with the state since that time to get this up and running.”
The test was approved for use by the federal government a little over a week ago.
It’s a similar nose-swabbing test being given at other sites around the state, but the key difference is you do not have to call your doctor beforehand, and you get fast results while on site.
“The main difference is just the immediacy of the result. If you need to do a test it needs to be sent off to a lab and there’s probably somewhere between a five or ten day delay before you get the results, whereas you get these results while you’re on site,” he said. “Provides signals to show whether or not there is RNA detected from the virus. So it’s a fairly standard so-called molecular test.”
At her daily press briefing, Gov. Raimondo said it was a ” good day in the fight against coronavirus.”
“We were the first in the country to get this out. At 2,000 tests a day we have some of the highest testing per-capita in America,” Raimondo said.
She emphasized that although testing has doubled overnight, with the Twin River site being able to test up to 1,000 people a day, it’s not for everyone.
“This site really should be used for folks who have to go to work and it is only for people who have symptoms,” she said.
Testing is also being done by the National Guard and by the Department of Health, and Raimondo wants people to still take advantage of these locations.
“The tests that are being done by the Guard at CCRI, RIC, and URI are just as accurate as any place else, as CVS and at the Department of Health,” she said.
Raimondo added that testing being done at the Department of Health is geared towards those who are at higher risk, or hospitalized.
CVS, headquartered in Rhode Island, said they are working to add more testing sites in other states around the country.