Rite Aid expanding COVID-19 testing, including stores in Idaho

Posted at 1:57 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 19:46:29-04

IDAHO — Rite Aid is expanding its COVID-19 testing capacity with 161 drive-thru testing locations opening on July 16. The new locations are opening in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Washington, California and Oregon are getting the first Rite Aid testing locations. An increased number of locations in Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia will open.

The COVID-19 nasal tests are available for all adults, regardless if they are showing virus symptoms, in accordance with guidance from the CDC. Patients are required to provide government-issued identification, be at least 18 years old and pre-register online in order to schedule a time for testing.

"If you want to get tested, go ahead and fill the form out, come by Rite Aid, get tested, then you'll get the answer," said Chris Altman, Clinical Manager at Rite Aid. "And I think that's really a nice relief to give the community to say if you have questions we're here to give you those answers and solutions.

Rite Aid will more than double its testing capabilities, with the capacity to do 94,000 tests weekly across all locations. A complete list of COVID-19 testing sites can be found on the Rite Aid website.

Rite Aid is partnered with Verily and its baseline COVID-19 Testing Program to provide screening, scheduling and return of results to participants for Rite Aid testing sites. BioReference Laboratories provides COVID-19 lab testing. Clinical oversight for the testing program is provided by PWNHealth.