CVS in Sumter, Manning offering free COVID-19 self-swab testing


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CVS Pharmacy is making it easier for consumers to be tested for COVID-19 with self-swab testing."Since opening our first test site in March, we've been able to quickly adapt to the changing landscape in order to make it easier for people in the communities we serve to access testing," said Jon Roberts, chief operating officer of CVS Health and acting president of CVS Pharmacy. "We recognize the critical role testing plays in helping to manage the spread of the virus and are incredibly proud of how our teams have responded to this need while continuing to take care of our customers, clients and patients."

Self-swab tests are free and available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria.

Patients must register in advance at to schedule an appointment. A parent or legal guardian must complete the online registration for all minor patients, and patients 12-15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when they come to be tested. When arriving for testing, patients are asked to follow signage or the instructions of the staff on site. Procedures vary by location, and patients may be directed to stay in their cars and proceed to either the pharmacy drive-through window or a parking space or tent located in the parking lot or, in very limited locations, to enter a CVS store. Patients will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process.

Currently, most test results from specimens collected at CVS test sites across the country will be available within two to three days.

Testing is available at CVS in Sumter at 41 E. Calhoun St. and in Manning at 119 W. Boyce St.