Because we’ve still got a few more days of this year left (and apparently, a lot of 2020-specific news), we’d like to inform you that goPuff can now deliver you an at-home COVID-19 test the next time you open the app to order a pint of Ben and Jerry’s or some Eggo waffles.
The Philly-based delivery company announced a partnership on Friday with New York City’s Purlab, makers of an at-home, saliva-based COVID-19 test that touts results in as little as 24 hours. The test was developed and is run in collaboration with Rutgers University RUCDR Infinite Biologics Lab, and was the first FDA AUA-approved saliva test.
“goPuff’s unique business model enables us to quickly add new products to our assortment, then safely deliver those items to customers in just minutes from our local micro-fulfillment centers. We’re thrilled to partner with Purlab and offer customers a new, faster and more convenient way to access COVID-19 tests,” said cofounder Rafael Ilishayev in a statement.
The tests cost $129 through the app, but are covered by most insurance companies, goPuff said. Like other items on the app, delivery will take 30 minutes or less. Purlab’s site shows that a user creates an account on the company’s app, spits into the provided tube, packs it up in the provided box and sends it back to the lab. Results will appear in Purlab’s patient portal in as few as 24 hours.
“In addition to accuracy and accessibility, saving time is incredibly important to consumers seeking to test for COVID,” said Michael Cohen, president of Purlab. “This first-of-its-kind partnership with goPuff allows us to get Purlab test kits into the hands of customers in more than 20 cities nationwide within minutes.”
During the pandemic, goPuff enabled non-contact delivery and and paid leave and financial assistance for diver partners and employees, the company said. A goPuff spokesperson told Technical.ly that beginning Friday, the company is carrying the tests in every micro-fulfillment center nationwide, with the majority available on the app today.
It’s been a banner year for the homegrown company, kicking off 2020 with news of a $750 million raise, followed by a $380 million raise in October, rapid expansion and the acquisition of California-based alcoholic beverage retailer BevMo!-30-