COVID-19 has significantly impacted our economy, and many organizations, including employers and universities, have had to alter or temporarily shutter their worksites and campuses as a result of stay-at-home orders. Now, as state and local governments begin to move through their phased reopening efforts, organizations require a comprehensive COVID-19 strategy to return to worksites and campuses. This is especially important as the country prepares for a potential second wave of the virus this fall.
While community-based protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), such as social distancing and the use of cloth face coverings in public, have helped slow and control the spread of COVID-19, widespread access to COVID-19 testing is critical, especially as communities start to reopen. For organizations, this is also an important tool in their return to worksite or campus strategy.
Through our extensive presence in communities across the country, we are improving access to COVID-19 testing and helping people manage pandemic-related health challenges. This includes a focus on testing in underserved and vulnerable communities that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, as well as solutions that increase testing for patients and staff in nursing homes and rehab facilities.
Now, we’re building on our leadership in response to the pandemic by helping organizations, including employers and universities, reopen their worksites and campuses with our new Return Ready™ solution.
Return Ready offers organizations clinical consultation, end-to-end COVID-19 testing execution, integrated reporting and additional health and safety solutions to help reduce COVID-19 transmission. At the core, it is a customized COVID-19 testing strategy, guided by clinical consultation, and includes a combination of testing on-site and/or drive-thru testing at CVS Pharmacy locations. This allows organizations to choose who, how, where and when to test employees or students to help meet their specific population health management needs.
The solution also includes:
Clinician-informed protocols and guidance for symptom checking and temperature screenings;
On-site licensed professionals for COVID-19 testing and support;
Turnkey employee and student communications toolkit;
Digital tools for test scheduling and sharing of results;
Integrated reporting and analytics across testing locations;
On-site immunization clinic with CDC-recommended vaccination services, such as the seasonal flu vaccine; and
Access to add-on solutions such as thermal scanners, digital symptom monitoring and contact tracing technology.
Return Ready is available to all U.S. employers and universities, and we will also implement the solution for our own CVS Health employees.
“Return Ready is one more way that we’re increasing access to COVID-19 testing options whether in the local community at CVS Pharmacy locations or where people work and study,” said Troyen Brennan, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, CVS Health.