Rite Aid continues expanding on-site COVID-19 testing

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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Rite Aid is opening 99 new drive-through COVID-19 testing locations on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Operated in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the no-charge sites will expand Rite Aid’s COVID-19 testing service coast-to-coast, with new locations in California, Nevada, Washington, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.

Like Rite Aid’s existing drive-through testing sites, the new locations will utilize self-swab nasal tests overseen by Rite Aid pharmacists and will operate Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Rite Aid’s COVID-19 nasal tests are available for all individuals 13 years of age or older, regardless if they are experiencing virus symptoms, in accordance with  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

At all testing locations, patients are required to provide government-issued identification and need to pre-register online at the Rite Aid website in order to schedule a time slot for testing. For individuals under 18 to get screened and tested, parents or legal guardians must create Baseline COVID-19 accounts using the minor’s email account, provide consent, show their government-issued identification, and must accompany their children to the appointment and supervise them during the test.

Now operating 400 total testing sites across 16 states, Rite Aid says it has adequate capacity to test symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals 13 years and older who want to be tested. Rite Aid partners with Verily and its Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program to provide screening, scheduling and return of results to participants for Rite Aid testing sites. BioReference Laboratories provides COVID-19 laboratory testing, while clinical oversight for the COVID-19 testing program is provided by PWNHealth, a national clinician network that enables access to diagnostic testing.

Rite Aid operates 2,400 retail pharmacy locations across 17 states.