Hy-Vee to Offer COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Testing at 250+ Locations

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Hy-Vee to Offer COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Testing at 250+ Locations
COVID-19 rapid antibody testing will be available at Hy-Vee locations in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Hy-Vee Inc. will begin offering COVID-19 rapid antibody testing at more than 250 of its pharmacy locations across the Midwest on Jan. 18, with patients able to receive same-day test results in as few as 15 minutes.

The rapid antibody test is available for patients who want to learn whether they have been previously infected with COVID-19 in the past and aren't currently experiencing symptoms. The test helps assess if patients have antibodies — the proteins a person’s body makes to fight infections — to the virus that causes COVID-19.

The rapid antibody test doesn't show if a patient has a current infection, because it can take one to three weeks after infection to make antibodies, so the test shouldn’t be used as a method to diagnose COVID-19.

Testing will be available at Hy-Vee locations in Illinois, Iowa,Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Patients wanting to make an appointment for the test must register online and select “antibody test” to schedule a time and location and receive a test voucher. Testing dates and times vary by location. The test costs $25 and can be purchased with health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts.

Tests will be administered inside the Hy-Vee Pharmacy by a trained Hy-Vee Pharmacy team member using a finger stick to collect a small blood sample. Results will be sent to the patient via email that same day.

Children 6 years or older can be tested with the rapid antibody test when registered and accompanied by a parent or guardian. All patients are required to wear a mask during the testing process. 

For patients who would like to be tested for current COVID-19 infection, Hy-Vee continues to offer free COVID-19 lab testing (molecular PCR) outside more than 180 pharmacy locations in coordination with Dallas-based eTrueNorth. Results for the lab testing are usually available in three to five business days.

Hy-Vee also offers rapid antigen testing via an outside, drive-thru testing process at 59 Hy-Vee pharmacy locations, with results available the same day. The drive-up testing in designated areas of parking lots allows patients to remain in their vehicles. 

With sales of $11 billion annually, employee-owned Hy-Vee operates more than 275 retail stores across eight Midwestern states. The West Des Moines, Iowa-based company is No. 33 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2020 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America.

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