COVID-19 drive-thru testing site to open Friday at CVS on 23rd Street

photo by: Nick Krug/Journal-World File Photo

A sign at a Lawrence CVS is pictured in this file photo from January 2010.

The CVS on 23rd Street in Lawrence will be one of 10 CVS stores in Kansas that will open a COVID-19 testing site on Friday.

The store, at 2300 Iowa St., will use self-swab tests that will be conducted from patients’ vehicles, CVS Health said in a news release.

In order to qualify for the test, CVS said patients must meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, which generally include people with symptoms of infection and others prioritized by doctors or the local health department. Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health has previously asked anyone with symptoms to first call their health care provider or the local coronavirus hotline, 785-856-4343.

Beginning Friday, patients must register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment at the testing site. The tests will be free, but patients must enter their insurance information during the appointment scheduling process. There are also funds that have been set aside to grant free tests to individuals without health insurance, CVS Health spokesperson Charlie Rice-Minoso said.

Patients will pull up to the drive-thru counter to receive the test. They will then conduct a self-swab from within their car, while a CVS Pharmacy team member observes to ensure it is done properly. The tests will then be sent offsite for processing, and results should be available in about three days, CVS said.

Other CVS locations in Kansas that will offer drive-thru testing are located in Wichita, Topeka, Shawnee, Overland Park, Olathe, Leavenworth and Kansas City.

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