WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on the company's comprehensive efforts to help slow the spread of the virus, on Friday, May 15 CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) will open 10 new COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy Drive-thru locations across Massachusetts. The opening of additional test sites across the state and the country will be announced over the next two weeks.
These new sites will utilize self-swab tests and mark the next phase of the company's nationwide COVID-19 testing strategy, announced April 27 at the White House. CVS Health expects to have up to 1,000 locations across the country offering this service by the end of May, with the goal of processing up to 1.5 million tests per month, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity. The 10 test sites in Massachusetts are part of the first rollout of new sites, which includes 51 locations in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
"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."
"By working with a wide range of partners like CVS and our colleagues in the health care community, Massachusetts has significantly increased COVID-19 testing and is a national leader in per-capita testing," said Governor Charlie Baker. "We are grateful to CVS for their partnership on this major additional testing expansion at a number of sites across the Commonwealth, especially because we recognize the importance of continued and accessible testing as we move toward a responsible, phased reopening of our economy."
Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to age guidelines. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com beginning Friday, May 15 to schedule an appointment. Patients will be required to stay in their cars and directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions; 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.
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 Massachusetts include:
CVS Pharmacy, 142 Worcester Road, Charlton, MA 01507
CVS Pharmacy, 44 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01608
CVS Pharmacy, 266 Route 44, Raynham, MA 02767
CVS Pharmacy, 366 King Street, Northampton, MA 01060
CVS Pharmacy, 9-19 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324
CVS Pharmacy, 100D North Main Street, Carver, MA 02330
CVS Pharmacy, 928 Riverdale Street, West Springfield, MA 01089
CVS Pharmacy, 311 Newbury Street, Danvers, MA 01923
CVS Pharmacy, 599 State Road, Westport, MA 02790
CVS Pharmacy, 188 Linden Street, Wellesley, MA 02482
More information on steps CVS Health has taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including support for health care providers and clinicians facing financial and administrative strain, is available at the company's frequently updated COVID-19 resource center.
For downloadable COVID-19 testing assets, including photos, video and interviews with CVS Health executives, please visit the Media Resource Center.
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