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This Grocery Store Chain Has Already Done Over 250,000 COVID-19 Tests

The first drive-thru testing site opened in April, and now the store is offering 15-minute antibody testing.

The coronavirus pandemic started nine months ago, but cases continue to rise. Grocery store chains are stepping up their safety measures again while some are also offering ways to get a COVID-19 test. Kroger is one of the first grocery stores to offer this health service to customers, and the chain recently revealed that it has conducted a quarter of a million tests since April. 

The chain has store locations in 35 states across the country. Its first Kroger Health drive-thru testing site was up and running at the Franklin County, Ky. Fairgrounds in the middle of April. A few weeks later additional testing centers opened across Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky. (To keep yourself and your family safe, here are The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.)

In October, the chain started offering rapid antibody tests that are ready within 15 minutes and cost only $25. People who believe they may have had COVID-19 and are not currently experiencing any symptoms are eligible for the test.

Now, customers can go to to register and complete a screening prior to scheduling an appointment to get tested. Results are available within 24 to 48 hours after the lab receives the test. If the test is positive, a licensed healthcare professional will call to discuss the next steps. The Patient Portal keeps track of information and test results so it's easy to access.

Kroger isn't the only grocery store in your area to offer COVID-19 testing. Walmart just announced the launch of at-home testing kits that can be ordered online.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda