Two of the nine new drive-thru covid-19 test sites being opened in Pennsylvania by CVS will be located in the North Hills, the pharmacy chain announced today.
The CVS pharmacies at 611 Duncan Avenue near the McCandless Crossing shopping center and 4849 William Flynn Highway at the intersection with McNeal Road in Hampton will begin offering free “self-swab tests” by the end of May, according to the company.
The local CVS pharmacies will begin booking appointments on Friday.
The Rite Aid pharmacy chain also has started drive-thru testing locally.
The self-swab nasal tests will be available for people who meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, which includes fever, shortness of breath and a worsening cough.
The CDC also calls for prioritizing testing for health care professionals, people 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions.
A doctor’s referral is not needed.
People being tested must remain in their vehicles during the process. Test kits and instructions will be delivered through the drive-thru window and a pharmacy employee will observe the test to make sure it is done correctly.
The process will take about 30 minutes. Tests will be sent to a lab for processing, which will take about three days to deliver the results.
About 50 tests a day will be administered at each of the drive-thru sites.
“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 of CVS Health.
CVS officials said they are gearing up to conduct as many as 1.5 million coronavirus tests a month at 1,000 locations nationwide by the end of May.
“We are grateful for CVS’s partnership in combating covid-19 by bringing more testing options to our communities and working to further understand the presence of the disease,” said Gov. Tom Wolf.