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05/14/2020

CVS Health opening 50 COVID-19 test sites this week

Marianne Wilson
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A new COVID-19 testing site
A new COVID-19 testing site at a CVS Pharmacy drive-thru location

CVS Health is opening new COVID-test sites as part of its commitment to have more than 1,000 sites up and running by the end of May.

The company will open more than 50 COVID-19 test sites this week at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. CVS said it expects to open hundreds of additional test sites during the next two weeks. 

The new sites will utilize self-swab tests and mark the next phase of the company's COVID-19 testing strategy. In April, CVS said it plans to have up to 1,000 locations across the country offering this service by the end of May, processing up to 1.5 million tests per month, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity. The company currently operates large-scale rapid test sites in coordination with five states, which can process a total of nearly 30,000 tests per week.

Patients must make an appointment in advance and stay in their cars during the test.  

“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.”