By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
Foothills Focus Executive Editor
A COVID-19 drive-thru testing site is open in the Walmart parking lot at 4435 W. Anthem Way in Anthem.
This site is supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth and state and local officials to test anyone who meets CDC and state and local guidelines on who should be tested, including first responders, health care providers and others with symptoms of COVID-19 and those in high-risk groups without symptoms.
Those interested in being tested need to visit DoINeedaCOVID19test.com to see if they are eligible for testing and to make an appointment.
“Walmart is part of the community, and we are proud to help support the expansion of COVID-19 testing in both Anthem and Buckeye during this unprecedented time,” said Philip Serghini, Walmart public affairs director for Arizona.
“We are grateful to our associates who keep our stores running, our pharmacists who support these testing sites, and to eTrueNorth and local officials as we work together to open the site and help our community.”
The site is open 7 to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays weekly, weather permitting. Appointments must be made through eTrueNorth’s online portal at DoINeedaCOVID19test.com, which will screen individuals to ensure they meet CDC eligibility for testing.
For questions regarding testing, call 1-800-635-8611.
Those being tested will need to wear as mask and stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and self-administered test. For the safety of all those on-site, the test site is not available to those who walk up.
The site will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow those being tested to swab their own nose onsite while in their vehicles, observed by a trained medical volunteer to ensure the sample is taken correctly, and then dropped in the sealed sample into a container on their way out of the drive-thru site.
eTrueNorth will handle processing test samples and communicating results to those tested and applicable Departments of Health.
The site will be staffed by Walmart health care professionals. Testing is not available inside Walmart stores.