For people who want to get tested for COVID-19, one local store is offering to do the test for no charge.
The downtown Roseburg Rite Aid store at 444 SE Stephens Street, is offering a drive-thru testing for anyone 18 and older.
Those wanting to be tested can sign up to make an appointment at the Rite Aid website.
Rite Aid calls it the Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program in support of community-based testing initiatives.
People need to bring their driver’s license when they come to the drive-thru window at the store for the scheduled appointment time.
You will need to sign the COVID-19 authorization form. Rite Aid officials said data will be kept in a secure, encrypted database with restricted and monitored access.
The data will be shared with entities that assist with the testing program.
The person being tested will do a self-swab through the nose. The pharmacist will guide them through the process. The person will put the swab into a vial and then into a plastic bag before passing it back to the pharmacist.
The samples will be picked up and taken to a lab for processing. The results should be back within about seven days.
No referral from a physician will be needed and insurance companies are billed if applicable, but the test is free.
The free offer started July 16, and store officials said they’ve had about 10 people take advantage of the offer so far.
To set up an appointment, go to www.riteaid.com.