As more communities lift shelter-in-place orders, the need for COVID-19 testing becomes even more critical to help identify and contain new outbreaks. This increased need for COVID-19 testing is being met by frontline healthcare workers like pharmacists at Health Mart pharmacies. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and eTrueNorth, Health Mart will begin testing in low-income neighborhoods where 60% of its pharmacies are today.

eTrueNorth has established a new online portal (DoINeedACovid19Test.com) that offers a list of COVID-19 test collection sites and allows patients to make test collection appointments at a nearby location after answering a few simple questions about symptoms.

“We need widespread COVID-19 testing now, even in rural areas. We’re proud to serve our communities as we work together to fight this virus,” said Nancy Lyons, chief pharmacist for Health Mart. “Our fearless pharmacists and healthcare heroes are here for our customers through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Participating Health Mart pharmacies will provide curbside or drive-through testing options from the safety of a patient’s car. Some locations will provide walk-up testing. The test is self-administered by the patient with a nasal swab and once the sample kit is sealed, Health Mart staff submit the package to the lab for processing. Results are ready in three to five business days.

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