RICHMOND, Va. -- CVS is opening 39 new COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across Virginia.
The new sites will utilize self-swab tests to help enable a goal of processing up to 1.5 million tests per month.
Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines.
Patients must register in advance at CVS.com beginning Friday, May 29 to schedule an appointment and will be required to stay in their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window, where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly. Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days.
More than half of the company’s 1,000 test sites will serve communities with the greatest need for support, as measured by the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index. The index tracks a variety of census variables including poverty, lack of access to transportation, and crowded housing that may weaken a community’s ability to prepare for and recover from hazardous events like natural disasters and disease outbreaks.
“CVS Health has been at the forefront of helping our nation scale-up COVID-19 testing capabilities, and we’re proud to meet our goal of establishing 1,000 testing sites in communities across the country,” Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health. “Opening access to testing in more locations using our drive-thru window represents an important milestone in our response to the pandemic. We remain grateful for the daily efforts and sacrifices of our front-line colleagues who make the continued expansion of our testing possible.”
Testing will not take place inside any retail locations, and CVS Pharmacy, HealthHUB and MinuteClinic will continue to serve customers and patients.
The new testing sites in Central Virginia include:
· CVS Pharmacy, 13180 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
· CVS Pharmacy, 8820 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294
· CVS Pharmacy, 5001 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230
· CVS Pharmacy, 8811 Forest Hill Road, Richmond, VA 23235
· CVS Pharmacy, 5001 Forest Hills Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225
· CVS Pharmacy, 3001 Lauderdale Drive, Richmond, VA 23233
· CVS Pharmacy, 8121 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23236
· CVS Pharmacy, 1205 N. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23223