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DeKalb CVS to begin offering COVID-19 testing

FILE - In this June 15, 2020 file photo, Berto Cortez, a CVS pharmacy technician, shows how COVID-19 tests are processed in a testing area set up by CVS at St. Vincent de Paul medical clinic in Phoenix. Having access to quick coronavirus test results will play an important role in resuming sporting events, keeping factories and businesses open, and returning to school in the fall. But an Associated Press survey of selected states found it’s still taking days in some cases for results to come back despite an increase in the availability of testing across the U.S. Public health experts say testing delays present a major hurdle to reducing infections. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
FILE - In this June 15, 2020 file photo, Berto Cortez, a CVS pharmacy technician, shows how COVID-19 tests are processed in a testing area set up by CVS at St. Vincent de Paul medical clinic in Phoenix. Having access to quick coronavirus test results will play an important role in resuming sporting events, keeping factories and businesses open, and returning to school in the fall. But an Associated Press survey of selected states found it’s still taking days in some cases for results to come back despite an increase in the availability of testing across the U.S. Public health experts say testing delays present a major hurdle to reducing infections. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

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DeKALB - The CVS Pharmacy in DeKalb will begin offering tests for COVID-19 starting Friday according to a release from the company.

The store will be one of 16 CVS expanding to offering tests starting Friday, joining 57 statewide CVSs already offering the service.

Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting CDC criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines. Patients must be at least 18 years old and register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment.

Patients will be required to stay in their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window or a location in the parking lot at a few stores, where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly. Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing, and the results will be available in approximately three days.

CVS now has 73 drive-thru test sites across Illinois. A complete list of sites can be found at cvshealth.com/covid-19/testing-locations.

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