EVANSTON, IL — New drive-thru coronavirus testing sites open Friday at 17 CVS Pharmacy locations in the Chicago area, the company announced. The new sites — including the pharmacy at 101 Asbury St. in Evanston — will use self-swab tests to collect samples outside of retail locations.
The company plans to have up to 1,000 sites offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing by the end of May, according to a release. If lab capacity and testing supplies keep up, CVS Health officials hope to be able to process 1.5 million tests a month.
“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,” President and CEO Larry Merlo said, announcing the new locations. “Our frontline employees will continue to play a critical role in the testing process, with members of their communities directly benefiting from their dedication and selflessness.”
Patients must register in advance to schedule an appointment, and tests will be provided based on criteria from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. Upon arrival, they must remain in their cars while pharmacy staff provide a kit and instructions before monitoring the self-swabbing process to make sure a sample was properly collected, according to CVS Health.
The tests will be sent to an independent lab for processing, with results available in about three days, according to the company.
CVS Health began piloting its drive-thru testing model in March at a pharmacy in the Boston area. Last month, the company announced a partnership with state governments in Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan and Rhode Island. Sites are now open seven days a week and carrying out an average of 1,000 tests a day.
According to the company, more than half of its planned testing sites will serve communities with the greatest level of need, as measured by CDC’s social vulnerability index.
As of Friday, CVS officials expect to have nearly 350 open test sites across 14 states, adding locations in Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas, in addition to Illinois.
The following Illinois CVS Pharmacy locations are set to begin offering COVID-19 testing on May 22:
- Aurora: 2211 South Eola Road
- Buffalo Grove: 20 East Dundee Road
- Chicago: 3951 West 103rd St.
- Elmhurst: 110 West North Ave.
- Evanston: 101 Asbury St.
- Northbrook: 936 Willow Road
- Lindenhurst: 2020 East Grand Ave.
- Lockport: 16760 West 167
- Mokena: 11200 Lincoln Highway
- North Riverside: 7200 West Cermak Road
- Oak Park: 345 Madison St.
- Rolling Meadows: 2045 Plum Grove Road
- Schaumburg: 1855 West Irving Park Road
- Schaumburg: 1801 West Golf Road
- South Elgin: 255 McLean Boulevard, South Elgin, IL 60177
- Third Lake: 34344 North US Highway 45
- Woodridge: 8645 Woodward Ave.
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