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Walmart opening drive-through testing facility for first responders & health care providers in Bentonville

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the partnership between the state and Walmart at a press conference on Wednesday.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — The state of Arkansas is partnering with Walmart and Quest Diagnostics to create a drive-through coronavirus testing facility in Bentonville for first responders and health care providers. 

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the partnership Wednesday, April 1, in a daily press conference about the response to coronavirus in Arkansas. 

The facility is expected to be open by next week, according to Governor Hutchinson. 

5NEWS received the following statement from Walmart about the facility:

We remain committed to supporting government efforts to expand COVID-19 drive-thru testing. We have learned a lot from the two sites in Chicago and will be opening a third pilot site early next week to test a new site layout and operational needs. We are working with the state of Arkansas and Quest Diagnostics to support the site and will test only first responders and healthcare workers who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. In the coming weeks, we anticipate supporting additional drive-thru testing sites in areas where state and local officials have identified a need and requested support. 

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