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03/13/2020

Retailers to Devote Space for COVID-19 Testing

Walgreens will dedicate temporary space at select locations, outside of the stores such as in parking lots, where non-Walgreens health personnel will administer COVID-19 testing, according to a media release.

The testing locations and timing will be announced in collaboration with the Trump administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The company will work closely with stakeholders at participating locations to ensure the health and safety of customers and team members.

“These are extraordinary times that call for extraordinary measures, and Walgreens is honored to join the administration, CMS, CDC and others in our industry to work together in providing access to government COVID-19 testing,” Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president, said in the release. “Collaboration with health officials, the government, and across our industry and other sectors is critical at this time. Walgreens has a long history of being there when our customers and communities needs us most. We’re continuing to work around the clock to support the health, safety and well-being of our customers, patients and team members.”

Additionally, CVS, Walmart and Target will make portions of its parking lots in select locations available for drive-thru testing for COVID-19.

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