CVS Looks to Open 1,000 Test Sites by End of The Month
WOONSOCKET, R.I (WLNE) – Building on the comprehensive efforts to prevent further spread of COVID-19, CVS announced on Friday that they will open more than 50 test sites at select pharmacies in multiple states.
The states that will host the test sights are Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.
The opening of hundreds of additional sites will be announced over the next two weeks according to CVS.
According to CVS, the new sites will utilize self-swab tests and mark the next phase of their COVID-19 testing strategy, announced in April at the White House.
CVS Health expects to have near 1,000 locations across the country by the end of May, in an effort to meet the goal of processing 1.5 million tests per month.
CVS currently operates large-scale rapid test sites in coordination with five states, which can process a total of nearly 30,000 tests per week.
“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,” said Larry J. Merlo, President, and CEO, CVS Health.
“Our frontline employees will continue to play a critical role in the testing process, with members of their communities directly benefitting from their dedication and selflessness,” he continued.
Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting the CDS criteria, in addition to age guidelines.
Patients must register in advance at CVS.com beginning Friday, May 15 to schedule an appointment.
Patients who register will be required to stay in their cars and directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window.
Once there, they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions and will be under the supervision of a member of the CVS Pharmacy team.
Results will be available in 3 days.
CVS wants to remind patients that testing will not take place inside any retail locations.