Rite Aid is expanding access to COVID-19 testing by rolling out self-swab sites across seven states.
In coordination with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the company plans to open drive-up COVID-19 testing locations during the coming weeks at Rite Aid stores in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, Connecticut and Virginia. The locations will utilize self-swab nasal tests overseen by Rite Aid pharmacists.
The testing, available at no cost to eligible individuals, will take place in the store's parking lot. As part of the testing process, people must pre-register online and remain in their vehicles from the time they arrive and until they depart. An online platform will triage people based on guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Rite Aid opened its pilot testing site in March, in Philadelphia. The location has since transitioned to the self-swab model. It has also opened a test site in Harrisburg, Pa,
“Through our partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and with tremendous support from state and local officials, we will significantly expand COVID-19 testing to more than 5,000 tests daily in our country's key hot spots when fully operational,” said Heyward Donigan, president and CEO, Rite Aid.