A pilot program to get COVID-19 testing kits to homes by drone delivery is kicking off in El Paso, starting Tuesday.
Residents who qualify and live 1.5 miles from the Walmart Supercenter at 1850 N Zaragoza Road in east El Paso will be the first to try it.
The COVID-19 at-home self-collection kits will be delivered to single-family homes at this time.
Learnings from this pilot will determine what roles drones can play in pandemic response, health care delivery and retail.
Walmart, Quest Diagnostics and DroneUp plans to hold a demonstration on Tuesday morning to kick off the launch of the pilot program.
Drone delivery will be available while supplies last Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Once delivered, patients will do a self-administered nasal swab in the privacy of their own home. Patients will then ship the sample to Quest Diagnostics using a pre-paid shipping envelope.
They will receive their test results from Quest using an online portal or app.
To be eligible for drone delivery, you must live within a mile and half of the Walmart store on North Zaragoza and request a drone delivery appointment through GetDroneTest.com.
There is no delivery cost for people who quality for at-home test kits. Patients must also meet U.S. Centers for Disease Control, state and local guidelines for testing and must be at least 18 years old.