CVS Health expands testing capabilities in California amid rise in COVID-19 cases
CVS Health is increasing testing capacity as COVID-19 cases begin to rise in California.
In an ongoing effort to help slow the spread of the virus, CVS Health today expanded its COVID-19 testing program by announcing 35 additional test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across California. The opening of additional test sites on Friday, June 26 add to the 107 locations previously opened in California.
The opening of these new sites reflects the company's commitment to meeting ongoing demand for testing, as well as expanding testing capacity to respond to a surge in new COVID-19 cases. The nearly 200 additional test sites opening across the country this week are among the more than 1,400 locations CVS Health has opened since May and expand the company's testing capacity to more than 1.5 million tests per month, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity.
In addition to the drive-thru sites, CVS Health has partnered with a number of community organizations to open eight rapid-response community testing sites across the country, including a mobile site together with Medical Mission Adventures, which will be providing testing in Arleta, Sylmar and San Fernando to increase access to testing for uninsured and underserved populations who are at highest risk for COVID-19.
"One of our greatest strengths as a company is our local presence in communities across the country, which enables us to uniquely expand people's access to safe and effective COVID-19 testing options and respond to a need for increased testing capacity," said Larry Merlo, CVS Health president and CEO. “We continue to be grateful for the commitment of our frontline colleagues who make these testing sites possible and whose dedication has allowed us to keep our stores open for customers seeking supplies and patients who need care."
Nearly 60% of the company's 1,400 test sites across the country, including 81% of sites in California, are in counties that serve communities with the greatest need for support, as measured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention'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.
Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting CDC criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment. Patients will be required to stay in their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window or a location in the parking lot at a few stores, 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 additional new testing sites in California include:
- CVS Pharmacy, 1676 W. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, Calif. 92802
- CVS Pharmacy 11300 Ming Avenue, Bakersfield, Calif. 93301
- CVS Pharmacy 9628 Rosedale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311
- CVS Pharmacy 1745 South Imperial Avenue, El Centro, Calif. 92243
- CVS Pharmacy 3340 North Texas Street, Fairfield, Calif. 94533
- CVS Pharmacy 5995 East Kings Canyon Road, Fresno, Calif. 93727
- CVS Pharmacy 574 West Lacey Boulevard, Hanford, Calif. 93230
- CVS Pharmacy 2539 11th Avenue, Hanford, Calif. 93230
- CVS Pharmacy 3208 East Florence Avenue, Huntington Park, Calif. 90255
- CVS Pharmacy 800 Palm Avenue, Imperial Beach, Calif. 91932
- CVS Pharmacy 82-270 Highway 111, Indio, Calif. 92201
- CVS Pharmacy 4345 West Century Boulevard, Inglewood, Calif. 90304
- CVS Pharmacy 5030 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, Calif. 90805
- CVS Pharmacy 906 E Street, Marysville, Calif. 95901
- CVS Pharmacy, 16995 Walnut Grove Drive, Morgan Hill, Calif. 95037
- CVS Pharmacy 23791 Washington Avenue, Murrieta, Calif. 92562
- CVS Pharmacy 1101 Hidden Valley Parkway, Norco, Calif. 92860
- CVS Pharmacy 1520 East F Street, Oakdale, Calif. 95361
- CVS Pharmacy 1205 South Oxnard, Oxnard, Calif. 93030
- CVS Pharmacy, 3999 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton, Calif. 94588
- CVS Pharmacy, 6750 Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton, Calif. 94566
- CVs Pharmacy, 3010 Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton, Calif. 94566
- CVS Pharmacy 800 North Westwood Street, Porterville, Calif. 93257
- CVS Pharmacy 1810 Main Street, Ramona, Calif. 92065
- CVS Pharmacy 1771 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Roseville, CA 95747
- CVS Pharmacy 347 E. Alisal Street, Salinas, Calif. 93901
- CVS Pharmacy 6265 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, Calif. 92115
- CVS Pharmacy, 821 The Alameda, San Jose, Calif. 95126
- CVS Pharmacy, 1800 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, Calif. 95129
- CVS Pharmacy, 124 De Anza Boulevard, San Mateo, Calif. 94402
- CVS Pharmacy 1599 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon, CA 94920
- CVS Pharmacy 2175 East Bardsley Avenue, Tulare, Calif. 93274
- CVS Pharmacy 1395 East Prosperity Avenue, Tulare, Calif. 93274
- CVS Pharmacy 14426 Palmdale Road, Victorville, Calif. 92392
- CVS Pharmacy 3619 West Caldwell Avenue, Visalia, Calif. 93277
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.