From Drug Store News, April 6:
CVS Health announced new initiatives in three states to help combat the COVID-19 crisis.
The company has joined forces with state and federal officials to open rapid drive-through COVID-19 testing sites in Georgia and Rhode Island. They join a previously opened testing site in Massachusetts.
CVS Health also will provide pop-up pharmacy support for a temporary COVID-19 medical monitoring facility at the New Orleans Convention Center.
In Georgia and Rhode Island, CVS Health will utilize licensed health care providers from MinuteClinic, the company's retail medical clinic, to oversee the COVID-19 testing, which is currently available at no cost to patients. The company said it is applying the learnings gathered from its COVID-19 testing site opened in Shrewsbury, Mass. on March 19, to help maximize the efficiency and safety at these new sites. For example, testing at these new sites will be held in large parking lots that are easily accessible and able to accommodate multiple lanes of cars at one time and will require eligible individuals to pre-register online. COVID-19 testing will not take place at CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic locations.
"Our MinuteClinic providers join countless other heroic health care professionals across the country and around the world in forming the first line of defense against this devastating virus," said Troyen Brennan, chief medical officer and executive vice president, CVS Health. "Thanks to our partnerships with state officials and the utilization of advanced technology, our providers will be able to test large numbers of people in these states and make real-time decisions about treatment and appropriate next steps."