<p>Walgreens (NASDAQ: WBA) announced on Tuesday that the company will open 15 drive-through novel coronavirus test sites in seven states starting later this week. The Sites will use Abbott’s (NYSE: ABT) “ID NOW Covid-19” test and will be available in the following states:
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Florida Louisiana Illinois Arizona Kentucky Tennessee Texas
According to the publication, the test delivers “positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes.” These sites are being completed by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will be located in coronavirus hotspots. In total, Walgreens hopes to test up to 3,000 people a day at these sites.
Richard Ashworth, president of Walgreens, has this to say about the coronavirus test sites:
Walgreens remains committed to working with federal, state and local governments, as well as industry partners to meet the needs of the communities we serve across the country during the pandemic. We continue to do everything we can, both with our own resources and by collaborating with others, to serve as an access point in society for COVID-19 testing. When we opened our first test site last month, we were able to quickly learn and develop an efficient and scalable process, and we are pleased to partner with Abbott to accelerate our efforts and enable rapid results for those tested. ”
Testing will be free of charge for those who meet the criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, patients must register before scheduling a testing session.
The WBA share rose by less than 1% as of Wednesday afternoon.
Nick Clarkson is the web editor at InvestorPlace. At the time of writing, he had no position in any of the above-mentioned securities.