Answering the call for testing
On a cold, drizzling day in March, dozens of CVS colleagues gathered in the Shrewsbury, Massachusetts CVS Pharmacy parking lot. Suited up in protective gear, they included pharmacists, MinuteClinic providers and Omnicare nurses — all specially trained to serve at the nation’s first retail drive-through COVID-19 testing site for first responders, law enforcement and health care workers.
Among them is Katie Rutt, a MinuteClinic Family Nurse Practitioner and Senior Practice Manager. Katie is accustomed to treating patients but this day would be different. The dire need for testing, especially for first responders, was being answered and Katie, without hesitation, had volunteered.
“We’re providing a much needed service to the community, and I’m so proud to be here,” offered Katie, who had woken up hours earlier – leaving her new 6-month-old baby and 3-year-old toddler tucked safely in bed.