CVS to open 18 COVID-19 test sites across Tennessee, official says

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Beginning tomorrow, CVS will open 18 new COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across Tennessee, according to a press release.

The testing sites will use self-swab tests.

The new sites will help the company’s goal of processing up to 1.5 million tests per month, according to the press release.

From the press release:

“CVS Health has been at the forefront of helping our nation scale-up COVID-19 testing capabilities, and we’re proud to meet our goal of establishing 1,000 testing sites in communities across the country,” Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health. “Opening access to testing in more locations using our drive-thru window represents an important milestone in our response to the pandemic. We remain grateful for the daily efforts and sacrifices of our front-line colleagues who make the continued expansion of our testing possible.”

More than half of the company’s 1,000 test sites will serve communities with the greatest need for support, as measured by the CDC’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.

"As we continue to increase testing and reach more Tennesseans, the power of the private sector has been on full display during the fight against COVID-19,” said Governor Bill Lee. “CVS has created an innovative way for more Tennesseans to get tested and we commend their efforts to also prioritize underserved communities.”

Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines.

Patients must register in advance at beginning tomorrow schedule an appointment.

Patients will be required to stay in their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window.

A CVS pharmacy team member will observe the patient’s self-swab test.

Test results will be available in approximately three days, according to the press release.