With COVID-19 cases on the rise across the state of Maine finding same-day testing can be difficult with many locations booked a few days up to a week out.

Fortunately, 10 Walgreens locations across the state began offering testing Friday, November 13. Over time, there could be as many as 65 locations that will offer free drive-through tests according to Maine.gov.

These tests (Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 antigen tests) are available by appointment only for those showing COVID-19 symptoms. Appointments can be made here.

Symptoms to consider according to the Center for Disease Control include:

Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

Symptoms can appear two to fourteen days after exposure to the virus.

The Wallgreens with testing capabilities are located in:

Augusta
Bangor
Calais
Ellsworth
Gray
Lewiston
Sanford
Scarborough
Winslow
Yarmouth.

For more details read the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services article here.

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