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Albertsons, Safeway pharmacies to offer free at-home COVID-19 tests

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Posted at 8:19 AM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 10:19:20-05

IDAHO — Albertsons and Safeway pharmacies across Idaho have teamed up with the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy to offer free at-home COVID-19 test kits to Idaho residents, thanks to a grant made available by the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy.

The test can be shipped directly to patients’ homes after they complete a quick registration form that is shared with their local pharmacy, bringing the convenience of a free at-home COVID-19 test to all corners of Idaho.

The saliva tests typically return results in 72 hours or less from the time the lab receives the sample. Albertsons and Safeway pharmacies have offered this testing option since September, and it is now available free of charge to Idaho residents.

Patients complete a short online questionnaire that is reviewed by their local Albertsons or Safeway pharmacist. The patient is then contacted by the pharmacy to schedule a pickup or delivery. Patients showing symptoms should not pick up their own test; they must send a representative or select shipping to their home.

The patient completes the saliva sample collection and sends it to the lab via the kit’s prepaid next-day shipping envelope. The results are delivered by email or text, typically within 72 hours or less from the time the lab receives the test.

After the patient is notified of the results, an Albertsons Companies pharmacist is available for questions regarding follow-up care.