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Rite Aid outlines COVID-19 response plans

Rite Aid is offering expanded services at its pharmacies and providing COVID-19 testing for first responders and health care workers in Philadelphia.

The Camp Hill-based pharmacy chain announced that it has taken a number of steps at each of its stores to combat the COVID-19 pandemic including providing home-delivery services without a delivery fee and speaking to pharmacy benefit organizations to increase medicine refills to 90-days.

“As a healthcare company, the health and wellness of our communities, customers and associates is our first priority,” said Heyward Donigan, president and CEO of Rite Aid. “We are taking many proactive precautions to minimize risk in our stores, offices and distribution centers, so that we can continue to serve as a critical healthcare resource to people across the country.”

The corporation has enacted a pandemic pay policy to ensure its employees are fairly compensated if diagnosed with the virus and pharmacists, store managers and distribution center managers will be provided with a monetary bonus. Non-management hourly associates at Rite Aid stores, RediClinics or distribution centers are also receiving a temporary salary increase of $2 per hour to at least May 2.

The company’s stores are enhancing their cleaning and sanitization protocols, particularly at locations with high rates of outbreaks of the virus.

Rite Aid announced this week that it would be piloting its first COVID-19 tests at one of its locations in Philadelphia. The tests are specifically for health care workers and first responders who may have come in contact with someone with COVID-19.
The company said it plans to continue to provide updates on the pilot.

Ioannis Pashakis
Ioannis Pashakis covers health care, the gig economy, cannabis and technology. Email him at ipashakis@bridgetowermedia.com.

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