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GALENA–Starting Monday, Aug. 10, the Hartig Drug store in Galena will begin to offer free COVID-19 test collection. This free program is implemented in collaboration with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and eTrueNorth, a laboratory services company focused on enhancing pharmacies’ access to diagnostic laboratory testing.
Testing will be done from 7-9 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
“Hartig Drug is excited to partner with HHS on this program to deliver free COVID-19 testing options to communities in the tri-state. The majority of testing capabilities seem to be emphasized in urban centers, so we look forward to providing free and accessible testing in several of our rural communities,” stated Charlie Hartig, CEO of Hartig Drug Company.
To register for a test:
•patients must register on DoINeedACovid19Test.com and receive a voucher number in order to be eligible to schedule an appointment for a test.
•only Hartig Drug Company pharmacies listed on the website are participating in the program.
•tests are provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Here’s what happens after obtaining a voucher number:
•participating pharmacies will only provide COVID-19 testing services through drive-thru locations to mitigate potential exposure. Do not attempt to walk into the pharmacy to receive the test, you will be directed back to your vehicle and asked to proceed to the drive-thru window for your scheduled appointment.
•The test is self-administered by the patient with an anterior nasal swab–which is less invasive than a nasopharyngeal swab.
•Pharmacy personnel will coach and observe each patient to ensure the test is completed accurately. Once the sample kit is sealed, pharmacy personnel will submit the package to the lab for processing. Results are ready in three to five business days.
How will results be delivered?
•Log onto your DoINeedACovid19Test.com account to view the results.
•The pharmacy will not receive your results. Call eTrueNorth at 800-635-8611.