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Walmart delivering COVID-19 at-home self-collection kits via drone in Cheektowaga

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Posted at 9:38 AM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 09:38:21-04

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Walmart is partnering with Quest Diagnostics and DroneUp to create a pilot program to provide drone delivery of COVID-19 at-home self-collection kits to single-family homes in Cheektowaga.

This is the second program of its kind, after it was introduced to suburban Las Vegas in September.

Drone deliveries will drop off kits to single family homes within one mile of Walmart on 2500 Walden Avenue.

The deliveries will take place while supplies last every day from 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m., weather and visibility permitting.

Once you receive your kit, you will perform a self-administered nasal swab from the comfort of your own home.

Then you'll ship a sample of the swab to a Quest Diagnostics lab using a provided prepaid shipping envelope for processing at the lab and will receive their COVID-19 test results through the secure Quest Diagnostics MyQuest™ online portal or app.

“Walmart has been serving the Cheektowaga community throughout the pandemic with drive-thru testing sites, and we wanted to provide another way to access testing that provides convenience and leverages technology while learning how drones could impact the delivery of healthcare in the future,” said Amanda Jenkins, Vice President of Operation Support and Implementation, Walmart U.S. Health and Wellness. “We are grateful to our Quest and DroneUp partners, and our pharmacists and associates, for their support in launching the pilot as we continue to work together during the pandemic.”

You can check here if you are eligible for a test.