Walgreens introduces drive-thru COVID-19 testing at seven more stores, including Lynchburg


FILE – This June 25, 2019, file photo shows the sign outside a Walgreens Pharmacy in Pittsburgh. Walgreens Boots Alliance will sell its pharmaceutical wholesaler business to AmerisourceBergen in $6.5 billion cash and stock deal. The drugstore chain says the deal will let it invest in and focus on its retail business, which has been hurt by sales declines during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Walgreens is adding more locations to its drive-thru COVID-19 testing roster — including one in Lynchburg — through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

The VDH announced on Monday, Feb. 22 that Walgreens has added seven more stores to its partnership with the department, which means 26 stores will now offer Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing at no cost to the public.

As a result, Walgreens will offer testing at its Lynchburg location at 21400 Timberlake Road.

Other newly-added Walgreens testing locations around Virginia are listed below:

  • Bealeton: 11037 Marsh Road
  • Clintwood: 5451 Dickenson Highway
  • Exmore: 4053 Lankford Highway
  • Gate City: 119 East Jackson Street
  • Marion: 1102 N Main Street
  • Yorktown: 6608 George Washington Memorial Highway

“While recent focus of VDH has been on vaccinations, testing remains a critical response component in containing existing disease in our communities” said VDH Chief Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Parham Jaberi. “This expanded partnership increases access to testing for communities that lack adequate testing services including communities with a high rate of vulnerable populations.”

Health officials recommend these rapid tests for people who are symptomatic; have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19; face a high risk of complications; or are essential employees, such as educators, childcare providers, or healthcare providers.

The VDH says rapid test results will be processed at the pharmacy and given to patients within 24 hours.

If you meet the screening criteria for these rapid COVID-19 tests, you can set up an appointment by following the steps at Walgreens.com/COVID19Testing.

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