DOUGLAS — The Douglas CVS, located at 286 E. Seventh Street, has become the latest drive-thru testing site to offer COVID-19 testing.

CVS Health announced through a press release its plans to add more than 2,000 new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites at selected CVS Pharmacy locations across the country in an effort to support the company’s ongoing efforts to increase access to testing and help slow the spread of the virus.

The Douglas location is the only CVS in Cochise County to offer this service which will be a self-swab process done through the nose.

Patients must register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment. A parent or legal guardian must complete the online registration for all minor patients, and patients 12–15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when they come to be tested.

When arriving for testing, patients are asked to follow signage or the instructions of the staff onsite. Procedures vary by location and patients may be directed to stay in their cars and proceed to either the pharmacy drive-thru window or parking space or tent located in the parking lot or, in very limited locations, to enter a CVS store. Patients will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process.

Most test results from specimens collected at CVS test sites across the country will be available within two to three days.

A complete list of CVS Pharmacy drive-thru test sites can be found here.

“Since opening our first test site in March, we’ve been able to quickly adapt to the changing landscape in order to make it easier for people in the communities we serve to access testing,” Jon Roberts, Chief Operating Officer, CVS Health and acting President, CVS Pharmacy said. “We recognize the critical role testing plays in helping to manage the spread of the virus and are incredibly proud of how our teams have responded to this need while continuing to take care of our customers, clients and patients.”

According to the release, CVS Health currently manages the largest number of independently run COVID-19 test sites in the country, and with these new locations the company expects to have more than 4,000 operating by mid-October.

The new locations will open in waves over the next several weeks and build on the company’s ability to support testing in 33 states and Washington, DC, beginning with the opening of more than 400 sites.