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Kroger is going nationwide with rapid, cheap COVID-19 tests in their pharmacies.

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, Kroger announced that they’re “the first U.S. retailer to offer COVID-19 rapid antibody testing” to customers.

The test doesn’t tell you if you’re currently infected with the novel coronavirus; it tells you if you had it, and if you have COVID-19 antibodies.

Here’s what you need to know:


Antibody tests will be just $25 and take only 15 minutes.

At Kroger pharmacies, shoppers will soon be able to find out whether they have COVID-19 antibodies within 15 minutes of getting a simple finger-prick blood sample.

Whether you have insurance or not, the test will cost just $25.


Kroger is rolling out these tests nationwide (but not immediately).

People standing in line at a red Meyer Pharmacy

A call to our local Kroger-owned store — a Fred Meyer — revealed that these tests aren’t just for Kroger, but for all of the company’s supermarkets that contain pharmacies.

Stores are currently in process of receiving from Kroger the necessary equipment to do the testing.

Kroger stores include:

  • Baker’s
  • City Market
  • Dillons
  • Food 4 Less
  • Foods Co
  • Fred Meyer
  • Fry’s
  • Gerbes
  • Harris Teeter
  • King Soopers
  • Jay C Food Store
  • Kroger
  • Pay-Less Super Markets
  • QFC
  • Ralphs
  • Smith’s Food and Drug



If you’re looking for a coronavirus test, Costco has them.

Costco just started selling at-home COVID-19 tests for $130/kit. Members get the tests shipped to their homes, and then send a saliva sample to a testing center (all the instructions and packaging are included).

Test results come within 24-48 hours.

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve more saliva tests in the coming months, which would lead to similar test being available at CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Walmart.


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Kroger Is Bringing $25 Rapid COVID-19 Tests to Pharmacies