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Rite Aid and Quest Diagnostics Expand Access to COVID-19 PCR Testing Nationwide

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Rite Aid has announced a collaboration with Quest Diagnostics to offer access to reliable COVID-19 molecular testing (such as polymerase chain reaction or similar nucleic acid amplification tests) in order to help Rite Aid customers detect and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Quest Diagnostics is a leading provider of diagnostic information services and has been a national leader in COVID-19 testing, having conducted over 69 million molecular tests since March 2020.

Through this collaboration, Rite Aid and Bartell Drugs' combined 2,350 stores now provide access to Quest PCR testing. This can be done either through drive-thru locations or by offering at-home specimen testing kits for stores without drive-thrus. This doubles the access to PCR testing for adults and children over the age of 2. Appointments for testing need to be scheduled through the Quest website. Test results will be delivered electronically to individuals through the MyQuest online portal and app.

Customers can schedule to pick up a COVID-19 PCR testing kit with at-home specimen collection or schedule an observed drive-thru collection through Rite Aid's website. Bartell Drugs customers may visit bartelldrugs.com/covid19-testing. Quest's testing kits include a prepaid FedEx envelope for overnight shipping to a Quest laboratory. Currently, Quest Diagnostics provides test results within one to two days on average, but result turnaround times may vary based on demand levels, region, and other factors.

Karen Staniforth, Chief Pharmacy Officer at Rite Aid, stated, "As new variants spread throughout our communities, testing remains a critical tool as we continue to support our communities in the fight against COVID-19. We are proud to collaborate with Quest to make testing easily accessible for our customers by expanding to all of our stores."

Cathy Doherty, Senior Vice President, Regional Businesses at Quest Diagnostics, added, "PCR and other molecular diagnostic tests are the gold standard for reliable COVID-19 testing. Our relationship with Rite Aid will extend our delivery of COVID-19 testing to more communities in the United States."

In addition to molecular testing, Rite Aid locations continue to offer rapid, over-the-counter at-home antigen COVID-19 test kits. For more information on Rite Aid's COVID-19 testing options, individuals can visit the Rite Aid website. Rite Aid also continues to provide COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to eligible customers.

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