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CVS Health Expands Minnesota COVID-19 Testing with 12 Additional Twin Cities Drive-Thru Test Sites


Sharing the below announcement from CVS Health about 12 new COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites throughout the Greater Twin Cities area at select CVS Pharmacy locations, starting tomorrow/Friday, June 12.

The new test sites, which have no out-of-pocket cost for insured and uninsured patients, add to the 10 testing locations CVS Health previously opened in Minnesota, and are among more than 1,200 locations across 33 states and Washington, D.C.

A complete list of CVS Pharmacy drive-thru test sites can be found here, with our list of the expanded set of testing locations in Minnesota attached. I was wondering if you'd be interested in making your audience aware of this free resource to the community?

New testing sites were strategically selected in order to serve communities with the greatest need of support, as measured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Social Vulnerability Index.

Additional story highlights include:

• These new sites will utilize self-swab tests and will help enable the company's goal processing up to 1.5 million tests per month, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity.

• Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines.

• Patients must register in advance at beginning Friday, June 12 to schedule an appointment.

• There are no out-of-pocket costs for these tests for both insured and uninsured patients.

• Patients will be required to stay in their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window or a location in the parking lot at a few stores, where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions.

• 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.


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