Walgreens Plans to Offer Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing
SAN JUAN – Walgreens announced plans to open COVID-19 testing locations in 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, as the company further expands drive-thru testing nationwide.
With this latest expansion, Walgreens will focus its efforts on improving access to testing in underserved communities, and over time will also be working with companies to provide testing to employees, to help more businesses re-open in the weeks and months ahead, it said in a release
The drugstore chain said the new testing locations will be determined “in collaboration with the Administration, federal health agencies and state and local authorities, and once all sites are fully operational, Walgreens expects to test more than 50,000 people each week..” The scale and timing of the overall testing expansion is dependent on the availability of tests and overall lab capacity
“This public-private partnership remains critical to keeping our communities healthy and enabling more Americans to return to work once they can do so safely. I’m truly grateful for our Walgreens pharmacists, who are playing a critical role in overseeing COVID-19 testing at these locations, while enabling us to serve as a much-needed and trusted point of access,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president.
This latest planned expansion is being made possible through Walgreens’ partnership with LabCorp to triple Walgreens’ current testing capacity.
The new testing sites will utilize LabCorp’s COVID-19 nasal swab diagnostic test, which has been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under an emergency use authorization.
LabCorp is also offering antibody blood testing at more than 100 LabCorp at Walgreens patient service center locations. The antibody blood tests detect the presence of antibodies to the virus and can help identify individuals who have been exposed to the virus.
To date, Walgreens has opened 18 COVID-19 drive-thru testing locations across 11 states, and expects to have 23 sites open in 15 states by the end of the week. Walgreens pharmacists are overseeing individuals’ self-administration of COVID-19 tests at these locations.
Drive-thru testing is available by appointment only, and only to individuals who meet eligibility criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In order to receive a test, individuals must first complete an online health assessment to determine eligibility, by visiting Walgreens.com/Covid19Testing.
Testing is available at no cost to eligible individuals who meet CDC criteria. All drive-thru testing is being conducted outside and patients are instructed to not leave their vehicles.
Reportedly, CVS will soon offer drive-thru testing at up to 1,000 locations.