Washington, DC—Two large pharmacy chains are on board to help the U.S. government expand COVID-19 testing.

Walgreens said it will dedicate temporary space outside stores at select locations, such as parking lots, to set up areas where non-Walgreens health personnel can administer novel coronavirus testing.

The testing locations and timing will be announced at a later date in collaboration with the Trump Administration, CDC, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the company said.

“These are extraordinary times that call for extraordinary measures, and Walgreens is honored to join the Administration, CMS, CDC and others in our industry to work together in providing access to government COVID-19 testing,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president. “Collaboration with health officials, the government, and across our industry and other sectors is critical at this time.”

“Given our physical presence in communities across the country and ability to reach millions of consumers with innovative, local solutions, we’re in a unique position to help address the COVID-19 pandemic,” CVS Health said in a press release. “We’re working with the administration and other partners to help facilitate COVID-19 testing with a common goal of increasing frequency and efficiency.”

CVS said details are still being worked out based on the number of tests available and geographic needs. The company emphasized, however, that providing space for testing will not affect its customers.

“We expect testing will take place in secure areas of parking lots at select stores—not inside—and individuals being tested will not have to leave their cars,” according to the press release, which promised more information as it becomes available.

As with many other large pharmacy chains, CVS has waived charges for home delivery of prescription medications. It also is making diagnostic testing and Aetna-covered telemedicine visits available with no copay.

Walgreen also is offering free delivery on any purchase on their website, with no minimum purchase required.

Big box stores Walmart and Target also have said they will provide space for novel coronavirus testing.

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