Kroger, the nation’s largest supermarket chain and the parent company of Fry’s Food Stores, announced Wednesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Emergency Use Authorization for its COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit.
The Kroger Health Covid-19 Test Home Collection Kit will first be used starting this week by frontline workers. Those tests will be based on medical need.
The company said the home collection kit needs to be performed under the supervision of a licensed healthcare professional via video chat. The patient will then overnight ships the sample to a laboratory for processing. Kroger says testing results will take 24-48 hours, on average.
The free kit will be based on medical need and includes a nasal swab, transport vial, instruction sheet, prepaid shipping label and packing materials for return shipment of the sample to the Gravity Diagnostics laboratory, located in Northern Kentucky.
Kroger Health, the company’s health care division, plans to quickly expand the coronavirus test kits’ availability to other companies and organizations in the coming weeks. It has a goal of processing up to 60,000 tests a week by the end of July.
Kroger said the test results will only be accessible to the patient and shared with their organization if the person taking the test gives authorization. All results are reported to government health agencies as required by law.
The home collection kit will initially be available in the following states:
Additional states will be added in the coming weeks, the company said.