Drive-thru COVID-19 testing center now open


A pilot project drive-thru testing center is now open for anyone who qualifies with COVID-19 symptoms.

The facility is located at the Walmart Home Office’s west parking lot at 702 SW 8th Street in Bentonville, but those who’d like to be tested must first make an appointment at

Those who meet the CDC testing criteria will receive an appointment confirmation. The drive-thru is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but patients are asked to arrive no sooner than 10 minutes before their scheduled appointment.

Patients should also bring an insurance card and valid photo ID for proof of identity, according to a post on the City of Bentonville’s Facebook page.

Those being tested must arrive in a vehicle and stay inside the vehicle during the testing process. Walk-up appointments are not allowed.

The project is a partnership between the state of Arkansas, Walmart and Quest Laboratories. The center is for first responders, healthcare workers, and anyone else who meets the CDC criteria.

If the pilot project is successful, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the hope is that more drive-thru centers can be opened in other parts of the state.

As of Sunday night, the number of positive statewide COVID-19 patients had reached 1280. There have been 27 total deaths related to COVID-19 in Arkansas, and 367 recoveries.