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National company works with state health officials to add new drive-through site

COURTESY PHOTO: WALGREENS INC. - Hillsboro's Walgreens store will offer a drive-through COVID-19 test by appointment. Hillsboro's Walgreens store is one of the first sites in Oregon to provide a rapid test for COVID-19.

Walgreens Inc. said in early April that the Hillsboro site at 6215 S.E. Tualatin Valley Highway, would be among more than a dozen other company shops to begin offering the rapid-results test. Walgreens will use an Abbott ID NOW rapid COVID-19 testing machine to return results within 24 hours. The nationwide company expects to test about 3,000 people a day at stores in more than a dozen states.

"The opening of a new COVID-19 testing site in Hillsboro is part of Walgreens' ongoing commitment to provide greater access to testing in the communities we serve," said Rob Ewing, Walgreens regional vice president. "Walgreens has a long history of stepping up to support our customers and communities in times of need, and we're pleased to be working with Gov. Kate Brown and Oregon officials as part of this critical effort, and in further collaboration with local, state and federal officials."

Brown announced the testing program April 24. It's part of the state initiative to reopen Oregon, she said.

"One step at a time, we are making progress towards the day when we can begin to reopen our communities and safely return to public life," Brown said in a press release announcing the new test site. "I'd like to thank Walgreens for their partnership in selecting Oregon for one of its first rapid COVID-19 testing sites in the nation."

Walgreens is one of the nation's largest drugstore groups, with 9,277 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tests will be administered by appointment at a drive-through area in the Hillsboro store's parking lot. People won't have to leave their cars to get the self-administered tests. Walgreens officials said tests would be done at no cost to people who meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria.

For an appointment, people should go online to www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing?ban=covid_vanity_testing.

Oregon joins Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas as the first Walgreens test sites. The company expects to expand the number of sites. Locations were set up after the company worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to find COVID-19 hot spots. Washington County has 466 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, and 10 deaths.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The address of the testing site in the original story was incorrect. The story has been changed to include the correct drive-through test address.


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