Kroger, CVS Health, Walgreens, Walmart, and Rite Aid say they are focused on expanding coronavirus testing

Executives from Kroger, CVS Health, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, and other companies joined President Donald Trump Monday at the White House to announce the next phase of testing for COVID-19. The companies laid out their plans, but some cautioned their timing and ability to ramp up will depend on having adequate supplies and lab capacity.

Executives from Kroger, CVS Health, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, and other companies joined President Donald Trump Monday at the White House to announce the next phase of testing for COVID-19. The companies laid out their plans, but some cautioned their timing and ability to ramp up will depend on having adequate supplies and lab capacity. CVS said Monday that it plans to have nearly 1,000 locations across the country by the end of May and process up to 1.5 million tests per month. Walgreens said it expects to open five more drive-thru testing locations in four more states this week and eventually open sites in 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. Walmart said it will have 45 sites by the end of next week and 100 sites by the end of May, while Kroger said it will expand its drive-thrus to have 50 locations in more than 12 states by the end of May.

As of Monday, Walmart has 20 testing sites, Walgreens has 18 sites, Kroger has 30 sites, Rite Aid has 25 sites, and CVS has five sites. CVS said in a news release that its plans are "subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity." Walgreens did not announce a timetable for its expansion of COVID-19 testing, saying in a news release that "the scale and timing of the overall testing expansion is dependent on the availability of tests and overall lab capacity." It reported it is working with LabCorp to increase its testing capacity and eventually expects to test more than 50,000 people each week.