Curative-operated DC-area COVID-19 testing sites are closing in phases as the company transitions from testing to health insurance statewide.
“Curative will continue to provide COVID-19 testing services at select locations across the country through the end of this year… Curative is proud to have been a crucial resource for the DC metro area during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said a Curative spokesperson the Washington Times.
The first closures will occur on November 30, when all but one of the locations operating alongside Arlington County will close.
The county noted that demand for kiosk testing was down 80% year over year, but also emphasized that the Arlington Mills Community Center kiosk will remain open through December 31.
The second phase will begin on December 15, according to DCist.
“DC locations at IDEA Public Charter School, Thurgood Marshall Academy and St. Coletta of Greater Washington” will be closed that day, along with locations at the Centerville and Richard Byrd library locations in Fairfax County and the Maryland Soccerplex in Germantown too DCist.
The Washington-area news source added in a report this week that the third phase will take place on December 26.
Locations at “Sojourner Truth Public Charter School and LAMB Public Charter School in DC … and Ben Brenman Park, Charles Houston Recreation Center and Casa Chirilagua în Alexandria” will be closed, it said.
Curative, which has conducted over 35 million tests in 40 states and the district, said it always planned to move away from COVID-19 testing once the urgent need for testing passed.
“Curative’s original goal has always been to work our way out of the COVID-19 service business by helping the country navigate the pandemic and emerge from it safely,” Curative’s spokesperson told the Times.
The company recently launched a health insurance initiative in Austin, Texas that promises $0 deductibles and $0 co-payments; The plan would include payment of a premium for access to all on-network services.
For more information, visit the Washington Times’ COVID-19 resource page.