2 More Retail Chains Getting in on the Testing Act in Md.

    Add Walmart and Rite Aid to the list of places offering COVID-19 test sites in Maryland.

    Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) announced Friday that certain outlets of the retail giant and the pharmacy chain will begin offering screenings next week. On Thursday, CVS said it would offer COVID-19 tests at 17 stores across the state. Hogan signed an emergency order earlier this week authorizing Maryland’s 1,200 pharmacies to order and administer the tests.

    “As Maryland continues to dramatically expand testing availability and broaden the criteria for COVID-19 testing statewide, we are excited to be forging new partnerships with private sector companies like Walmart,” Hogan said in a statement. “With the addition of test sites at some of our Walmart stores, we are continuing to make significant progress on our long-term testing strategy for the state.”

    At Walmart, Maryland residents will be able to take a self-administered, self-swab COVID-19 test at three locations:

    Dorchester County
    Walmart Supercenter, 2775 Dorchester Square, Cambridge, MD 21613

    Frederick County
    Walmart Supercenter, 2421 Monocacy Blvd, Frederick, MD 21701

    Wicomico County
    Walmart Supercenter, 409 N Fruitland Blvd, Fruitland, MD 21801

    Tests will be provided at specific drive-up locations outside these stores three days a week, weather permitting, the state said. Walmart pharmacists and trained medical volunteers will provide the test materials, and participants and staff will be required to adhere to specific safety protocols. Tests will be administered by appointment only, which can be scheduled by visiting https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/.

    Rite Aid has partnered with Verily and is using its Baseline COVID-19 Program to provide screening, scheduling, and return of results to participants at two sites in Maryland:

    Anne Arundel County
    Rite Aid #385, 5804 Ritchie Highway, Baltimore, MD

    Baltimore County
    Rite Aid #374, 5624 Baltimore National Pike, Baltimore, MD

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