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Rite-Aid announces COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic adults

Posted at 2:04 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 18:18:37-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Any adult can now get tested for COVID-19 at one of the now 71 Rite Aid testing centers across the country, including a location in Colonial Heights.

Thursday, Rite Aid announced adults 18 years of age or older, even if they are not exhibiting virus symptoms, will now be eligible to get tested, Effective immediately. Previously, only symptomatic adults could be tested.

Patients can currently get tested at the Rite Aid located at 3210 Boulevard in Colonial Heights, which remains the only Central Virginia testing location.

The testing site utilizes self-swab tests and is self-administered in the store’s parking lot and overseen by Rite Aid pharmacists.

Addition, on May 11, Rite Aid will open 46 additional self-swab testing sites across the country, with the capacity to conduct up to 10,000 tests daily.

"Opening testing to asymptomatic individuals, as well as providing more locations using our drive-through window, represent important milestones in our response to the pandemic,” said Jim Peters, chief operating officer, Rite Aid. “We remain grateful for the daily efforts and sacrifices of our front-line associates who make the continued expansion of our testing possible."

Patients must be 18 years old and will be required to pre-register and schedule appointments online.