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Hy-Vee to Offer Rapid PCR COVID-19 Testing at Five Hy-Vee Pharmacy Locations in the Des Moines Metro

October 5, 2021 | News & Press Releases

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Oct. 5, 2021) — Hy-Vee, Inc. announces today that it will begin offering rapid PCR COVID-19 testing at five Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations in the Des Moines metro starting Wednesday, Oct. 6. Testing will take place via an outdoor, drive-thru testing process. Patients can receive same-day test results in as few as 30 minutes (up to 1 day) after completing the test.

The test is available for $119 by appointment only. Patients can begin registering for testing appointments today by visiting and selecting the rapid PCR testing option to schedule a testing time, location and to receive a test voucher number to bring to their appointment. At this time, Hy-Vee is only accepting testing payment by credit or debit card at the testing site. 

Testing days and hours for the rapid PCR test vary by Hy-Vee Pharmacy location:

  • East Euclid Hy-Vee, 2540 E. Euclid Ave., Des Moines, Iowa
    • Noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • Fleur Hy-Vee, 4605 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa
    • Noon-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • North Ankeny Hy-Vee, 410 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, Iowa
    • 7-9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
    • 9-11 a.m. Saturdays
  • Waukee Hy-Vee, 1005 E. Hickman Road, Waukee, Iowa
    • 7-9 a.m. Mondays and Fridays
    • 8-10 a.m. Saturdays
  • West Lakes Hy-Vee, 1725 Jordan Creek Pkwy., West Des Moines, Iowa
    • Noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

The rapid PCR test, which detects active COVID-19 infection, is currently only available to patients ages 5+ at Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations. Patients ages 18+ can administer the test themselves, while testing for patients ages 5-17 should be administered by a parent or legal guardian.

Patients can begin registering for an appointment today. To register for an appointment and to receive a test voucher, visit and select the rapid PCR test option. Patients must provide the requested information to receive a test voucher number, testing site and appointment time. Testing areas will be located outside in designated Hy-Vee parking lot locations for patients to drive up to without leaving their vehicle. Hy-Vee Pharmacy staff members will provide patients with the test kit, provide instructions on how to self-administer the test and supervise the administration of the test. Patients ages 5-17 must be administered the test by a parent or legal guardian. Patients will then drop off their completed kit in a collection bin.  

During the testing process, patients must wear a mask and will be asked to lower it beneath their nose during the test. After testing is complete, results will be sent to the patient via email. Patients will receive same-day test results in as few as 30 minutes (up to 1 day) after completing the test. 

Hy-Vee also offers additional COVID-19 diagnostic testing options available at select locations including a free lab test (molecular PCR) with results usually available in 3-5 business days and a rapid antigen test with results available in as few as 1-2 hours. Rapid antibody testing that detects for past COVID-19 infection is also available at select Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations with results available in as few as 15 minutes.

Hy-Vee plans to expand the rapid PCR testing to additional locations across its eight-state region in the following weeks. 


Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 280 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $11 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s more than 86,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit