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CVS Health offers COVID-19 test for employers

CVS Health is expanding its COVID-19 testing services with the launch of a solution designed to help workers and students return to normal.

The drugstore retailer is releasing Return Ready, a comprehensive, customizable COVID-19 testing solution for employers and universities. The solution is designed to help return employees to worksites and students, faculty and staff to campuses, and integrates COVID-19 testing for ongoing business continuity. 

Leveraging flexible technology options for on-site testing and/or drive-thru testing at CVS Pharmacy locations, organizations can design a customized testing strategy. At the core of the end-to-end solution is a customized COVID-19 testing strategy, guided by clinical consultation, that allows organizations to choose who, how, where, and when to test employees or students. 

The solution also includes clinician-informed protocols and guidance for symptom checking and temperature screenings, on-site licensed professionals for COVID-19 testing and support, a turnkey employee and student communications toolkit, digital tools for test scheduling and sharing of results, integrated reporting and analytics across testing locations, on-site immunization clinic with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended vaccination services, and access to add-on solutions such as thermal scanners, digital symptom monitoring, and contact tracing technology.

Testing technology options include point-of-care testing with results in a few minutes, or third-party lab-processed testing with results in a few days. The organization can choose to offer testing on-site – and in a safe testing environment set up by CVS Health – or in the local community at one of the CVS Pharmacy drive-thru testing locations, which are anticipated to reach 1,400 sites by the end of the week. Organizations may also choose a combination of both testing options, and the testing protocols will vary based on the organization's physical worksite environment and COVID-19 risk and exposure.

Return Ready also includes an analytics dashboard for ongoing oversight and trends across worksite location(s), along with state and federal reporting of test results, as required. Return Ready is available to U.S. employers and universities, and in addition, CVS Health will implement the solution for its own employees.

"Organizations can rely on our customizable return to worksite and campus solution, which will evolve and adapt to include the latest COVID-19 testing technology and clinical protocols to meet their specific population health management needs," said Troyen Brennan, MD, MPH, chief medical officer and executive VP, CVS Health. "Return Ready is one more way that we're increasing access to COVID-19 testing options, whether in the local community at CVS Pharmacy locations or where people work and study."

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