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Rite Aid expands no-charge COVID-19 testing program

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Posted at 12:01 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 12:02:38-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Rite Aid announced it is expanding its no-charge COVID-19 testing program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Effective immediately Rite Aid says existing COVID-19 testing sites will offer no-charge testing to individuals 13 years of age and older regardless of whether the individual is symptomatic or asymptomatic. Previously the testing was only available to individuals 18 years of age or older.

Rite Aid says the expansion allows parents or legal guardians of those 13-18 years of age to create a Baseline COVID-19 account so they can be screen and tested. The parents or legal guardians must also provide consent for those under 18 and show government issued identification when accompanying the child to the testing appointment.

"Rite Aid's COVID-19 testing locations utilize simple self-swab nasal tests overseen by Rite Aid pharmacists, and operate Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. At all testing locations, adult patients will be required to provide government issued identification and need to pre-register online at www.riteaid.com in order to schedule a time slot for testing. Testing will be temporarily unavailable at Rite Aid sites on Thanksgiving and Friday, November 27. Testing will resume on Saturday, November 28," a release states.

You can find a list of Rite Aid locations offering COVID-19 testing by visiting the website here.