CVS opens drive-thru coronavirus testing site in Atlanta

CVS opens drive-thru coronavirus testing site in Atlanta

ATLANTA — There is a new option for people who want to get tested for coronavirus in Atlanta.

Gov. Brian Kemp announced that Georgia is teaming up with CVS Health to open a coronavirus drive-thru testing site at Georgia Tech.

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CVS is now operating drive-thru rapid COVID-19 testing, offered by Abbott Laboratories. At full capacity, the site will be able to conduct up to 1,000 tests per day.

“Increased access to rapid testing remains one of our top priorities in order to identify more cases, get Georgians the care they need, and prevent further infection in our communities,” Kemp said. “This unique, public-private partnership will strengthen our testing capability as we continue to take the fight to COVID-19 in Georgia, and we are grateful for CVS Health’s support to stop the spread of the virus.”

As of noon Monday, around 150 people have been tested.

Channel 2′s Michael Seiden talked to Dr. Troy Brennan, who invited Channel 2′s cameras to the testing site Monday morning.

“This testing is being paid for by the federal government for at least a couple of months, so there won’t be any cost to any individual and they won’t be billed insurance,” Brennan said. “It’s also different than other testing sites in that it’s going to be a plan care test, which means there will be immediate results so it won’t be a a matter of waiting 5-6 days.”

People will need to be pre-screened online and register for a test in advance at www.CVS.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing.

Address & Hours of Operation:

352 Peachtree Place, Atlanta, GA, 30332

Drive-through testing, by appointment, will be open seven days a week:

Monday-Friday: 9 AM – 6 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday: 10 AM – 4 PM

Commonly Asked Questions:

What is the registration process?

Rapid COVID-19 testing will be available to eligible individuals who meet criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in addition to state residency and age guidelines. Patients will need to pre-register in advance on-line at CVS.com in order to schedule a same-day time slot to be tested.

When patients arrive at the test site, they are required stay in their vehicle. Team members on site will check their registration and direct them through the testing process.

For more information about test site locations, hours of operations, and how to register for a test, please visit https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing.

How much will the tests cost for individuals?

Testing is currently available at no charge to the public.

How long will the process take per patient? How long will it take to get the results?

The process will take approximately 30 minutes from the swab to the results.

Will walk-up testing be allowed for those who don’t have cars?

No, for the safety of patients and health care providers on site, testing is limited to drive-through testing only.

Can anyone drive up and get a test?

No, patients will need to register and verify their eligibility for testing. Once they have done so, the patient will be provided with an appointment window online.