NEW YORK — New York state is partnering with CVS Health to increase COVID-19 testing capacity in the state, according to various published reports.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, announcing the partnership in a briefing Sunday, said the state of New York has doubled testing capacity to reach 40,000 diagnostic tests per day. In response to government efforts to step up testing, CVS Health and other pharmacy operators have stressed that they have the health professionals and the locations to safely and conveniently conduct COVID-19 tests.
“Throughout this entire pandemic, testing was key to controlling the virus and now it will be key to monitoring the virus as we begin reopening in regions across the state,” Cuomo said.
The partnership with CVS Health will bring testing to more than 60 CVS pharmacies that will conduct 50 or more tests per day. The New York partnership comes within days of CVS’ disclosure that it was going to dramatically ramp up testing by processing up to 1.5 million tests every month.
CVS Health is escalating its cross-country effort to expand testing for COVID-19 with plans to open 1,000 locations by the end of the month, the drug store chain said last week. At that time, CVS said it processes about 30,000 tests for COVID-19 a week in five states as part of a rollout that began several weeks ago with a focus on front-line health care workers and first responders.