Rite Aid opens self-swab testing sites in NY, NJ

David Salazar
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Rite Aid is bringing drive-up, self-administered COVID-19 testing to New York and New Jersey. The retailer, through its partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, is opening new testing locations on April 18 in Waldwick, N.J., and Valley Cottage, N.Y. 

The sites in New York and New Jersey follow the opening of four testing sites in Pennsylvania. The new sites will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the expected capacity to conduct roughly 200 tests daily through online appointments. 

All the sites feature self-swab nasal tests that will be overseen by Rite Aid pharmacists for patients who meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines and who also have pre-registered online. Testing is conducted in each store’s parking lot at no charge for patients who meet the CDC criteria. 

Rite Aid has partnered with Verily to use its Baseline COVID-19 Program to offer screening, scheduling and delivery of results to patients. The retailer also said that it had selected BioReference Labs to provide lab testing to the drive-up locations, with clinical oversight being provided by PWNHealth.