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Thursday morning, officials with Walmart, Quest Diagnostics, and DroneUp announced a new pilot location from which to provide drone delivery of COVID-19 at-home self-collection kits to single-family homes in the West El Paso-area.
Drone deliveries will now launch from the West El Paso Walmart Neighborhood Market, located at 951 North Resler Drive, to single-family homes within 1.5 miles of the store or as environmental conditions allow.
“As the pilot continues in this new location to serve more residents, the learnings will help determine what roles drones can play in pandemic response, health care delivery and retail,” officials shared.
The drone delivery pilot will be available while supplies last Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather and visibility permitting.
Drone delivery of at-home self-collection kits began in El Paso from the Walmart Supercenter located at 1850 North Zaragoza Road, on November 9 and have now moved to the West El Paso location to provide the option to more residents.
Patients can visit www.GetDroneTest.com for more information and to determine if they are eligible.
Once delivered, patients will perform a self-administered nasal swab in the privacy of their home. Patients will ship the sample to a Quest Diagnostics lab using a provided pre-paid shipping envelope for processing at the lab and will receive their COVID-19 test results through the secure Quest Diagnostics MyQuest online portal or app.
To be eligible for drone delivery, patients must live within the 1.5-mile radius of the El Paso Walmart Neighborhood Market and request a drone delivery appointment online. There is no delivery cost for patients who qualify to receive an at-home self-collection kit through this pilot program.
Patients must also meet CDC and state and local guidelines for testing and must be 18 years of age or older. Patients can visit www.GetDroneTest.com for more information and to determine if they are eligible.
The kit includes a device for anterior nares (nasal) swab collection, which is the same kit Quest recently made available through its QuestDirect Active Infection Test. The specimen is then forwarded to a Quest Diagnostics laboratory for testing. Test results are available in an easy-to-read report on MyQuest, the company’s secure patient portal accessible on a smartphone, tablet, or desktop.
Pharmacy window drive-thru testing at seven Walmart Neighborhood Markets in El Paso is available for those who are not in the drone delivery area, or do not meet the requirements, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
To be screened for eligibility and to schedule an appointment, visit www.MyQuestCOVIDTest.com. Testing is not available inside any Walmart store or in any Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Center. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the testing.