Last month President Trump and Dr. Birx announced plans for drive-thru coronavirus testing in the parking lots of major national drug stores. Today there are reports that those sites are starting to ramp up at both CVS and Walgreens and the test they are using only takes a few minutes:
CVS Health and Walgreens each opened one drive-thru testing location last month — but they’re now expanding the number of sites and opening them to the general public. Their first drive-thrus were restricted to first responders.
Both are also using a new tool: Abbott Laboratories’ ID Now, which can deliver test results in minutes…
All of CVS’ test sites have five lanes. Each site is expected to do up to 1,000 tests per day, Brennan said.
Each site will be staffed by about 15 to 18 CVS employees — such as nurse practitioners and pharmacists — at any given time, who will help with testing, he said. State governments are providing security staff that will help to control the flow of traffic.
While the new sites will be open to the general public, you still have to pre-qualify to be given a test. Test appointments can only be made same day but the tests are free. The new Walgreens sites will open in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas. Walgreens said it expects to do about 3,000 tests per among the 15 new sites once they are open.