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CVS COVID-19 test drive-thru site.

CVS Health reaches goal of 1,000 COVID-19 test sites

Beginning in June, CVS Health has a goal of processing up to 1.5 million COVID-19 tests per month, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity.

CVS Pharmacy testing autonomous Rx delivery via Nuro

Nuro Partners will offer autonomous prescription delivery for CVS Pharmacy customers starting in June.

People wearing face masks.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to codify reimbursement of pharmacies for COVID-19 tests at the same rate as physicians.

A female pharmacist in a stockroom.

A survey from the National Community Pharmacists Association found that 56% of pharmacists anticipate the pandemic will lead to an increased scope of practice.

Bartell's storefront.

During June, Bartell Drugs will be collecting nonperishable food items to support Food Lifeline, an organization that partners with 300 food banks, shelters and meal programs in the 17 counties of Western Washington.

Quest Diagnostics expects more than a half-million self-collection kits to be available by the end of June.

CEO Larry Merlo spoke to Michael Strahan about plans to expand testing availability nationwide, noting that by June, the company will have the capacity to test 1.5 million Americans every month.

CVS Health will bring COVID-19 testing to 60 CVS Pharmacy locations in New York, with each location able to conduct 50 or more tests per day. 

Hy-Vee storefront.

Each Hy-Vee grocery store and drug store in Iowa has approximately 500 Hanes Defender cloth masks to distribute to customers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Drug Store News profiles nine retail employees who have gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic and made an impact on customers.

CVS exterior.

CVS Health expects to have up to 1,000 drive-thru COVID-19 testing site locations by the end of May, with the goal of processing up to 1.5 million tests per month.

Healthcare workers in masks doing testing by a car.

California's Department of Consumer Affairs is issuing a waiver authorizing pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests, drawing praise from industry organizations.

A healthcare worker giving an immunization to a girl.

Among other new prescribing and dispensing powers, MN SF 13 also expands Minnesota pharmacists' vaccine authority to allow for the administration of an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

Walmart will give a bonus in the amount of $300 for full-time hourly employees and $150 for part-time hourly and temporary employees.

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