On Friday, May 22 CVS Health opened 14 new COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across California. The opening of additional test sites across the state and country will be announced by the end of the month.

These new sites will utilize self-swab tests and mark the next phase of the company’s nationwide COVID-19 testing strategy, announced April 27.

CVS Health expects to have up to 1,000 locations across the country offering this service by the end of May, with the goal of processing up to 1.5 million tests per month, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity. The 14 test sites in California are part of nearly 350 locations across 14 states including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas, according to a CVS news release.

“While the large-scale test sites we’ve been operating since early April have proven successful, this new approach allows us to utilize our presence in communities across the country and bring testing closer to home,” said Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO, CVS Health in the news release. “Our frontline employees will continue to play a critical role in the testing process, with members of their communities directly benefitting from their dedication and selflessness.”

Once fully operational, more than half of the company’s 1,000 test sites will serve communities with the greatest need for support, as measured by the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index. The index tracks a variety of census variables including poverty, lack of access to transportation, and crowded housing that may weaken a community’s ability to prepare for and recover from hazardous events like natural disasters and disease outbreaks.

Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to age guidelines. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com beginning Friday, May 22 to schedule an appointment. Patients will be required to stay in their cars and directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self swab process to ensure it is done properly. Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results will be available in approximately three days.

Testing will not take place inside any retail locations, and CVS Pharmacy, HealthHUB and MinuteClinic will continue to serve customers and patients.

The new testing sites in California include:

  • CVS Pharmacy, 7740 Rancho Santa Fe Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009
  • CVS Pharmacy, 16 3rd Avenue Extension, Chula Vista, CA 91910
  • CVS Pharmacy, 645 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista, CA 91911
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1150 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • CVS Pharmacy, 14220 Schleisman Road, Eastvale, CA 92880
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1299 Broadway, El Cajon, CA 92021
  • CVS Pharmacy, 572 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon, CA 92020
  • CVS Pharmacy, 8101 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, CA 95627
  • CVS Pharmacy, 491 East Alessandro Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92508
  • CVS Pharmacy, 921 Pacific Coast Highway, Seal Beach, CA 90740
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1350 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831
  • CVS Pharmacy, 14589 Camino Del Norte, San Diego, CA 92128
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3350 Palm Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154
  • CVS Pharmacy, 18080 Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda, CA 92886

A complete list of CVS Pharmacy Drive-thru test sites can be found here.

More information on steps CVS Health has taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including support for health care providers and clinicians facing financial and administrative strain, is available at the company’s frequently updated COVID-19 resource center.

Source: CVS Health