Return Ready™ for campuses | CVS Health

Return Ready™ for campuses

A comprehensive on-site COVID-19 testing solution to help colleges and universities get their students, faculty and staff back to campus.

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Over the last year, COVID-19 has upended the way we work, teach and study. While vaccination efforts have now begun to roll out, testing will continue to play a critical role in controlling the coronavirus for the foreseeable future. To bring their students, faculty and staff back to campus safely, colleges and universities need expert guidance and testing support.

Return Ready, by CVS Health, provides the most comprehensive, flexible and scalable on-site COVID-19 testing solution, enabling your college or university to return to campus with rapid testing and reporting upon arrival and on-demand throughout the semester.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Return Ready has helped more than 100 organizations responsibly bring their populations back to the workplace and campus.

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Important information

Higher education institutions can rely on our configurable back-to-campus solution, which will evolve and adapt to changes in technology and clinical protocols and meet their unique population health management needs.

Troyen Brennan, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, CVS Health

A masked man returns a COVID-19 testing swab to its packaging.
A masked man returns a COVID-19 testing swab to its packaging.

Flexible COVID-19 testing

We recognize that every campus has its own unique needs. With Return Ready, rapid on-campus testing programs can be combined with additional, convenient testing solutions. This flexibility allows colleges and universities to safely test individuals when they return to campus, at regular intervals throughout the semester and on-demand, based on symptoms, exposure and risk factors.

With a point-of-care testing program at the core of your return strategy, we can help determine which other solutions would also work well for your institution.

Point-of-care molecular diagnostic testing is our core offering, providing results in minutes at an on-campus facility.  

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In addition to on-campus testing, administrators may also choose to utilize point-of-care testing at a select CVS Pharmacy location, enabling students, faculty and staff to get tested off-site in minutes before coming to campus. 

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As another available add-on to rapid on-campus testing, swab-and-send testing is also an option. These tests can be performed either at on campus or at a CVS Pharmacy location with results available within one to two days. Testing can be scheduled online and results are available via a web-based portal. 

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Returning to workplaces safely

Our latest white paper evaluates the relationship between diagnostic testing and infection control in a range of workplace scenarios. It is based on model simulations of realistic conditions and variables such as cohort size, the fraction of time spent at work, team networks and infection rates inside and outside the workplace.

While vaccine availability continues to improve, strategic COVID-19 testing will remain essential for employers to allow people to return to workplaces safely.

Download our testing model white paper to learn more

End-to-end integrated reporting and analytics

Our customizable web-based dashboard lets you monitor, manage and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 across campus locations.

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Getting back on campus safely

Students and faculty are back on campus with the support of a customized Return Ready program. With testing and reporting covered, colleges and universities are moving ahead with their academic programs and on-campus activities.

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Lynn University tests their plan

Academics and testing sounds like a natural fit but Lynn University’s leadership knew they’d need help to get students back on campus and the Return Ready program has made it possible.

Read this case study

Administrators, start planning a return to campus

Are you an administrator seeking a return-to-campus strategy? Let us partner with you to implement your on-campus testing strategy. Please complete the two-step form below and our team will follow up within a few days.

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Important information

COVID-19 testing does not eliminate the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 or Coronavirus Disease 2019. Further, available testing procedures may produce false negative or false positive results due to a variety of factors. Institutions should consider these factors in developing their return to campus policies and procedures. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented and still-evolving legal landscape for organizations. You may need to consider various federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or other mandates when developing your return to campus plans. Competent legal counsel should be consulted. This is not intended to be a complete description of the terms and conditions of the Return Ready program. Services described would be provided by CVS Pharmacy, Inc. or a subsidiary, including but not limited to MinuteClinic, LLC and its subsidiaries and managed entities. In addition, access to additional health and safety solutions such as contact tracing, symptom checker and thermal scanner may be through third parties. Not all services available in all locations.

Symptom monitoring and contact tracing support

Salesforce customers can combine Return Ready’s COVID-19 testing with complementary symptom checking and contact tracing services from Salesforce via their Work.com platform.

Learn more about the combined services
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