WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on the company's comprehensive efforts to help slow the spread of the virus, on Friday, May 29 CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) will open 22 new COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across Missouri.

A COVID-19 testing site at a nearby CVS Pharmacy drive-thru, part of the company's plans to operate up to 1,000 test sites around the country by the end of May. (PRNewsfoto/CVS Health)

These new sites will utilize self-swab tests and deliver on the company's commitment to establish 1,000 locations across the country by the end of May as originally announced on April 27. These new test sites help enable a goal of processing up to 1.5 million tests per month, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity.

"CVS Health has been at the forefront of helping our nation scale-up COVID-19 testing capabilities, and we're proud to meet our goal of establishing 1,000 testing sites in communities across the country," Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health. "Opening access to testing in more locations using our drive-thru window represents an important milestone in our response to the pandemic. We remain grateful for the daily efforts and sacrifices of our front-line colleagues who make the continued expansion of our testing possible."

More than half of the company's 1,000 test sites will serve communities with the greatest need for support, as measured by the CDC's Social Vulnerability Index. The index tracks a variety of census variables including poverty, lack of access to transportation, and crowded housing that may weaken a community's ability to prepare for and recover from hazardous events like natural disasters and disease outbreaks.

"COVID-19 testing is critical to Missouri's full recovery from this crisis. The more testing we do, the more data and knowledge we have on the situation in Missouri, and the better-equipped we are to move forward," Missouri Governor Mike Parson said. "These testing sites will be a huge help as we continue to increase testing in Missouri, and we are grateful for CVS's commitment to slowing the spread and keeping our citizens healthy and safe."

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 CVS.com beginning Friday, May 29 to schedule an appointment. Patients will be required to stay in their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window, where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and 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.

Testing will not take place inside any retail locations, and CVS Pharmacy, HealthHUB and MinuteClinic will continue to serve customers and patients.

The new testing sites in Missouri include:

  • CVS Pharmacy, 14400 Clayton Road, Ballwin, MO 63011
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3201 South 7 Highway, Blue Springs, MO 64014
  • CVS Pharmacy, 12380 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1545 East 23rd Street South, Independence, MO 64055
  • CVS Pharmacy, 17301 East US 24 Highway, Independence, MO 64056
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1315 West 23rd Street, Independence, MO 64052
  • CVS Pharmacy, 4149 North Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64116
  • CVS Pharmacy, 13101 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64145
  • CVS Pharmacy, 4990 Northeast Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO 64119
  • CVS Pharmacy, 4750 Lees Summit Road, Kansas City, MO 64136
  • CVS Pharmacy, 10820 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3351 SW 3rd Street, Lees Summit, MO 64081
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3002 Highway K, O'Fallon, MO 63368
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2120 Osage Street W, Pacific, MO 63069
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1301 Platte Falls Road, Platte City, MO 64079
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1215 West Foxwood Drive, Raymore, MO 64083
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5310 Blueridge Boulevard, Raytown, MO 64133
  • CVS Pharmacy, 400 Mid Rivers Mall Road, Saint Peters, MO 63376
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2715 E. Battlefield Street, Springfield, MO 65804
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1220 E Republic Street, Springfield, MO 65807
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1153 East Elm Street, Springfield, MO 65806
  • CVS Pharmacy, 7320 Gravois Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63116

A complete list of CVS Pharmacy drive-thru test sites can be found here.

More information on steps CVS Health has taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including support for health care providers and clinicians facing financial and administrative strain, is available at the company's frequently updated COVID-19 resource center.

For downloadable COVID-19 testing media assets, including photos, video and interviews with CVS Health executives, please visit the Media Resource Center.

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