AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Selected CVS Pharmacy locations across the state of Texas will offer COVID-19 testing beginning Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday.
The 44 test sites across the state will use self-swab tests and will be available to those who meet CDC criteria, in addition to age guidelines. The company hopes to expand to 80 locations by the end of May.
"Texas continues to rapidly ramp up COVID-19 testing in our communities, and these new drive-thru testing sites provided by CVS Health will further expand access to these tests throughout the state," Abbott said in a statement. "I thank CVS Health for establishing these drive-thru testing sites here in the Lone Star State. We are committed to working with our health partners in the public and private sectors to expand our testing capabilities, protect public health, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19."
Patients must register in advance at CVS.com beginning Friday, May 22 to schedule an appointment.
"While the large-scale test sites we’ve been operating since early April have proven successful, this new approach allows us to utilize our presence in communities across the country and bring testing closer to home," said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health. "Our frontline employees will continue to play a critical role in the testing process, with members of their communities directly benefitting from their dedication and selflessness."
Patients will be required to stay in their cars and directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions. 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.