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Walmart opens COVID-19 testing site in ABQ

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This QR code that allows people to register for COVID-19 testing at the Walmart at Academy and Wyoming.

A newly opened COVID-19 testing site is making screenings available to first responders and health care workers — whether they have symptoms or not.

The site, which is operating at the Walmart parking lot on Academy and Wyoming, is also making tests available to members of the general public who do have symptoms, according to Jennifer Haddock, Walmart’s market, health and wellness director.

People seeking testing must register and set an appointment 24 hours in advance. Registration can be accessed by scanning a QR code or by visiting https://myquest.questdiagnostics.com/web/mycovid19test. The site will be open seven days per week, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the near future.

Those being tested can expect results within 48 hours, according to Walmart.

The testing site — which had a soft opening Sunday and expects to ramp up today — can handle 250 tests per day, according to Haddock.

People getting tested will not be charged a copay. Insurance information will be taken during the registration, and insurance companies may be billed. Uninsured people will still be able to be tested without a copay.

Haddock said swab tests will be self-administered with site workers coaching them through. She said the site will use less invasive “mid-terminate” swabs.

The site is a partnership between Walmart — which rolled out other testing sites across the country last week and expects to open more in the next several days — and Quest Diagnostics, which is processing the tests.

Haddock said volunteers with nonprofit Remote Area Medical — many of whom are retired medical professionals, or students in medical or related programs — are helping with the center, while the Salvation Army is providing support to those staffing the site.

 

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