Kroger Health, the healthcare division of Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co., has launched COVIDCare Plus, an employer-focused health and wellness solution centered on its home testing kits that also gives employers and their teams access to advanced clinical services, including vaccinations, telehealth and telenutrition. The program is designed to help American companies restart and maintain their business operations.
"We know testing continues to be a critical pillar in the fight against COVID-19," said Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health. "And yet, our country faces ongoing challenges to keep pace with demand. At Kroger Health, we are grateful to be part of the solution by providing employers with COVID-19 testing that has a short turnaround time. This is paramount to keeping American businesses open and people at work."
Kroger’s COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kits deliver results in 24 to 48 hours and are authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.
Currently available in 17 states, COVIDCare Plus is focused on driving actionable behavior change that helps combat the larger crisis of chronic disease that affects nearly half of Americans, the retailer said. According to the 2020 White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health, 72% of Americans are either overweight or obese, and more than 100 million Americans suffer from diabetes or pre-diabetes.
"We are solving for the pandemic while building for the epidemic," Lindholz said. "COVID-19 is our clear focus in the short term and we have a strong plan in place to help drive our country's recovery efforts. However, we know that—now more than ever—a focus on health and wellness needs to become an ongoing way of life for all of us. That's why we are committed to providing organizations with the services we know their employees and stakeholders need to stay healthy."
Kroger Health has more than 2,200 pharmacies and 220 clinics in 35 states serving more than 14 million customers.