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CVS Health plans to double its COVID-19 drive-thru test sites

Posted Sept. 22, 2020

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Patients receive a test kit and instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process.

CVS Health plans to add more than 2,000 new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites at select CVS Pharmacy locations across the country to support the company’s efforts to increase access to testing and help slow the spread of the virus.

With these new locations, the company expects to have more than 4,000 operating by mid-October. The new locations will open in waves over the next several weeks. View a list of CVS Pharmacy drive-thru test sites.

Self-swab tests are no cost to patients and available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria. Patients must register in advance to schedule an appointment. Anyone age 12 or older can get tested. For all patients who are minors, a parent or legal guardian must complete the online registration. Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Procedures vary by location and patients may be directed to stay in their cars and proceed to either the pharmacy drive-thru window or a parking space or tent in the parking lot or, in very limited locations, to enter a CVS store. Patients will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process.

Most test results from specimens collected at CVS test sites across the country will be available in two to three days.

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