(WJW) — Rite Aid opened seven new COVID-19 self-swab testing sites Monday, two of which are in Northern Ohio.
The Cleveland store is located at 5795 State Road in Parma, while the store in Toledo is at 7225 Airport Highway in Holland.
“We chose Parma because Cleveland is such a hot spot area. Cuyahoga County is a hot spot area right now.”
Bryce Norman is the Rite Aid regional pharmacy manager.
“Wednesday all the way through June 1st we’re going to be testing 400 individuals a day, about 50 an hour, so we’re currently taking registrations for Wednesday right now.”
Rite Aid announced Monday it will also be opening up other test sites later this week on Wednesday, April 22: The Green location on 4053 South Main Street, and a store in Youngstown located at 713 North State Street in Girard.
Each testing site will utilize self-swab tests, administered in the store’s parking lot and overseen by Rite Aid pharmacists.
“They’ll stick it in the right nostril twist it around twice and hold it in place for 15 seconds pull it out and repeat the same process on the left side.”
Eligible patients must pre-register and schedule appointments on the company’s website before a test can be administered.
Despite presenting an array of symptoms for one week a Portage County man who requested not to be identified says he was denied a test at Rite Aid after submitting the pre-screening questions.
“Everything from stomach problems, cough, shortness of breath, fever, headache, very fatigued– sleeping 15 to 18 hour days,” he said. “Here I’m bedridden for seven days wondering when I can just go get a test.”
Rite Aid says those who are listed as ineligible could be invited for testing at a later date.”If the CDC and the White House Coronavirus Task Force Committee guidelines change on who we are testing we will automatically contact those customers who are marked as non eligible who might be eligible in the future to come and get tested at that time,” said Norman.
Rite Aid also opened testing sites in Michigan, New Jersey and New York. The company expects to further expand COVID-19 testing locations in the coming weeks to include stores in Delaware, Idaho, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.