(Seattle – May 12, 2020) – Today, QFC and Fred Meyer announced a partnership with the City of Seattle and the Seattle Mariners for free COVID-19 drive-thru testing. The first testing will be at the T-Mobile Park in Seattle, May 13-14.
Testing Site Information:
● Dates: Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14
● Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
● Location: T-Mobile Park Parking Garage at 1250 1st Ave S. Seattle – south entrance (Massachusetts and Occidental)
● Registration is required. Register at krogerhealth.com/covidtesting or call 1-888-852-2567 (select option 1, then option 3).
“Our vision is to help people live healthier lives, and it has never been more important as we help to expand testing across Washington,” said Chris Albi, President of QFC. “This work, like all work we do, is guided by our values and our promise- to Feed the Human Spirit. We continue to make decisions that balance the safety of our associates with our commitments to our customers and communities. That is why QFC, Fred Meyer and Kroger Health will be donating all professional services at drive-thru testing facilities, these services include ordering and observing the COVID-19 tests.”
QFC and Fred Meyer want to thank The Seattle Mariners and the City of Seattle for the use of the T-Mobile Park facility and logistics support.
“While we wait for baseball to return to T-Mobile Park, we are proud to have the ballpark continue to serve as a valuable community asset by hosting the drive through COVID-19 testing through this partnership with the City of Seattle and Kroger,” said Trevor Gooby, Sr. Vice, President Ballpark Operations, Seattle Mariners.
“Adequate testing is vitally important to protect communities from the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 illness. With limited resources as a City, we have advocated for prioritizing testing of our frontline workers and most vulnerable residents,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan. “I am grateful that this new partnership with QFC, Fred Meyer, and the Mariners will allow us to expand access to testing. It is a critical first step forward as we look towards safely and responsibly reopening our City.”
Seattle area residents MUST register at krogerhealth.com/covidtesting or call 1-888-852-2567 (select option 1, then option 3).
People seeking a test will use a virtual screening tool based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to see if they are eligible.
Those eligible will next select a testing location and appointment time. Then, registrants will receive an email confirmation with pre-appointment paperwork to complete. When a person arrives for their test, they should have their photo ID ready and should leave their window rolled up for check-in, until a health-care practitioner comes to the car to administer the test.
For the testing, patients remain in their cars throughout the process, which is completed in just a few minutes using self-administered test kits. The test uses self-administered nasal swabs, which are less painful and designed to increase safety. This onsite testing is supported with laboratory services provided by eTrueNorth, a contractor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Test results are expected within approximately 48 hours. The Seattle testing site is estimated to have a capacity for 250 vehicles per day.
About Kroger Health Kroger Health, the healthcare arm of The Kroger Co., is one of America’s leading retail healthcare organizations, with over 2,000 pharmacies and 200 clinics in 35 states serving more than 14 million customers. Our team of 22,000 healthcare practitioners – from pharmacists and nurse practitioners to dietitians and technicians – help simplify healthcare by providing solutions that combine health, wellness, and nutrition, connecting with customers on an emotional and personal level. We’re also pioneering new work to help drive food as medicine in order to prevent illness before it starts. Learn more at www.krogerhealth.com. About QFC and Fred Meyer, both a company of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.