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Rite Aid to add ‘no cost’ COVID testing to Treasure Valley & McCall stores

Drug store retailer Rite Aid will add new testing capacity for COVID-19 in Idaho. Four sites in the Treasure Valley and one in McCall will now feature drive-up testing sites.

  • 5005 W. Overland Rd., Boise
  • 3250 S. Eagle Rd., Meridian
  • 2107 Blaine St., Caldwell
  • 728 SW 4th Ave., Ontario
  • 451 Deinhard Ln, McCall

The testing will include a “self-swab nasal test” that Rite Aid pharmacists will oversee. Patients can go online to a special website to complete a self-screening questionnaire, then make an appointment for the test. They will then receive their test results online.

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The testing, administered by Project Baseline, will take place from 10am-8pm, Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sundays. The testing happens entirely inside of a patient’s car. Project Baseline said the testing should be available in two-five days but could take longer due to capacity issues.

The new testing sites will supplement efforts by Crush the Curve, and local health systems. The increasing number of patients seeking tests have caused both St. Luke’s Health System and Saint Alphonsus Health System to limit who can get access to testing depending on their symptoms.

Rite Aid says the testing comes at no cost to anyone over the age of 18.

“Testing at any Rite Aid site will not result in charges to your insurance carrier regardless of whether insurance information is collected,” the retailer and Project Baseline note online.

Don Day - BoiseDev editor
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