Wellesley CVS nixed for drive-thru COVID-19 testing

Wellesley CVS covid-19The Town of Wellesley says that CVS will not be offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing at its Linden Square store after all.

CVS had originally included the Wellesley location on its list of 10 new drive-thru sites in Massachusetts, as we reported yesterday.

“CVS Health is committed to helping increase COVID-19 testing in Massachusetts to help slow the spread of the virus. We’re also committed to being a good partner with local officials in the communities we serve and to listen to their concerns,” CVS said in a statement. “At this time, our Linden St. store in Wellesley will not be one of our stores providing COVID-19 testing at drive-thru windows as previously announced. We are proceeding with drive-thru testing at 9 other locations in Massachusetts, and plan to add more by the end of May.”  

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The Wellesley site wouldn’t have been near any of the others, raising worries that the location would become a hub for metrowest. Other CVSes on the list: Bridgewater, Carver, Charlton, Danvers, Raynham, Northampton, Worcester, West Springfield and Westport. Wellesley was included on the list cited by Gov. Charlie Baker during his press conference on Thursday early afternoon.

CVS is already offering large-scale test sites in 5 states, including Massachusetts (at a cinema in Lowell), and vowed in April to expand its efforts by offering testing in drive-thrus and parking lots. No in-store testing. By the end of May, CVS expects to be offering this service at 1,000 locations with the goal of processing 1.5 million tests a month.

The store drive-thru locations are a self-swab and send model, where swabs are conducted by the patient in their car, and specimens are sent to a nearby lab, with results available in 2-4 days. A CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly.

Predictably, this story about not doing something to avoid crowding is now attracting NIMBY-thirsty TV news stations, which will likely follow up on our coverage and head over to the parking lot…

Note: In fact, we didn’t find a crowd of TV stations, but there was 1 there…

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