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Hy-Vee to offer rapid COVID testing

Local residents will soon have another place to go when they worry they may be getting sick.

Starting on Monday, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 115 S. 29th St., will offer rapid antigen COVID-19 testing with patients receiving same day test results in as little as one to two hours, according to a press release from Hy-Vee Inc.

Fort Dodge will be one of 47 Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations across the Midwest offering the rapid tests. The cost will vary by location. At this time, only credit or debit cards are accepted for payment at the testing site.

Testing will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Following CDC guidance, only patients who are symptomatic or who are asymptomatic with a known or reported exposure in the last 14 days are eligible to be tested at Hy-Vee.

Patients must register ahead of time at www.hy-vee.com/covidtesting to schedule a testing time and to receive a test voucher number to bring to their appointment. Patients will be able to review the testing cost for their location during registration.

The testing area will be located outside in the Hy-Vee parking lot so that patients can drive up without leaving their vehicle. A trained Hy-Vee Pharmacy employee will process the testing payment before administering the nasopharyngeal swab test. Patients and other vehicle passengers are expected to wear masks, lowering it only for the nose swab.

Patients will receive test restults in as little as one to two hours.

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