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Beginning May 15th, Rex Pharmacy will offer free COVID-19 test collection at their location, 1607 E. 7th St., Atlantic, IA 50022. Rex Pharmacy has partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide testing to the public free of charge to help address the COVID-19 crisis. Rex Pharmacy staff will provide extra support to area patients during COVID-19 recovery efforts with curbside test collection.

Patients can make appointments for testing at Rex Pharmacy will provide appointment based, curbside COVID-19 test collection for pre-screened individuals.

According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure to the virus. If individuals have a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat or a new loss of taste or smell, they should consider testing. Updated CDC guidelines now also recommend testing for people with and without symptoms under certain conditions. Rex Pharmacy will provide curbside testing options for eligible patients. The test is self-administered with a nasal swab and once the sample kit is sealed, Rex Pharmacy staff submits the test to the lab for processing. Results ar ready in three to five business days.

“We need widespread coronavirus testing now. We all want life to return to normal and one way to help is more COVID-19 testing options,” said Josh Borer, President at Rex Pharmacy.

“We’re proud to serve and support public health in efforts to fight this virus,” Borer stated.

The website infrastructure for and laboratory services are provided by eTrueNorth, the U.S.-based healthcare technology company that enables laboratory testing at retail pharmacies. eTrueNorth is a contractor of HHS.