Rite Aid expands COVID-19 on-site testing with location in Swartz Creek

A drive-through COVID-19 testing site opened Monday at Rite Aid in Swartz Creek. Photo by Lania Rocha

A drive-through COVID-19 testing site opened Monday at Rite Aid in Swartz Creek. Photo by Lania Rocha

SWARTZ CREEK — Rite Aid continues to expand COVID-19 testing sites with new locations that just opened Monday in New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Ohio, through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

In Genesee County, Rite Aid, 9090 Miller Rd., in Swartz Creek is one of the sites will be open for testing 9 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week and expect to be able to conduct approximately 200 tests each day through online appointments.

Shannon Alexander, a nurse from Swartz Creek, was one of the people who received a test this week.

“It was very easy,” said Alexander. “They verified my information through the closed window of my car. Then I pulled forward and they gave me the swab and the vial to put it in when done.”

Alexander advises to be sure to take the email Rite Aid sends, and carefully follow the instructions regarding what else to take.

The self-administered test involves swabbing the inside of both nostrils.

“You only have to stick it in your nose about an inch and a half, turn it a few times for 15 seconds, then do the other nostril with the same swab, then stick it in the vial,” Alexander said. “I was back home five minutes after my appointment. Easy peasy.”

All Rite Aid drive-up COVID-19 testing locations will utilize self-swab nasal tests overseen by Rite Aid pharmacists. Testing eligibility is based on guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Testing is available at no cost to eligible individuals who meet criteria established by the CDC. To register online, visit www.riteaid.com. Patients are required to provide government issued identification and be at least 18 years old. Patients will be scheduled for a specific time slot for testing, which takes place in the stores’ parking lots while patients remain in their vehicles the entire time.

In coordination with HHS, the company expects to have additional drive-up COVID-19 testing locations opening soon at Rite Aid stores in Delaware, Idaho, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Rite Aid has partnered with Verily and will use its Baseline COVID- 19 Program to provide screening, scheduling, and return of results to participants for Rite-Aid testing sites.

Rite Aid also selected BioReference Laboratories to provide COVID- 19 laboratory testing to all drive-up locations with the goal of flattening the curve through accessible diagnostic testing.

Clinical oversight for the COVID-19 testing program is provided by PWNHealth, a national clinician network that enables safe and easy access to diagnostic testing.

Rite Aid will continue to provide regular updates on the company’s progress with COVID-19 testing. — G.G., L.R.