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A Tiny Texas company You Never Heard of Is Running Most of the Drive-thru Covid-19 Testing in the U.S.

Aug 3, 2020 | Government, Healthcare

On March 13, President Trump stood next to the CEOs of LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics, Walgreens, and Walmart in the Rose Garden, declared a national emergency, and promised the government would work with pharmacies and retailers to create drive-thru testing sites to help get the coronavirus pandemic under control.

As STAT reports, more than 700 federally backed drive-thru sites are collecting thousands of tests per day. The U.S. government has spent nearly $230 million to pay for the tests run at those sites, which it calls Community-Based Testing Sites.

It’s not LabCorp or Quest, however, that are running the majority of those sites — instead, it’s a tiny Texas company whose CEO, Coral May, was not in the Rose Garden that day.

That company, eTrueNorth,is acting as a kind of conductor, helping to oversee a patchwork of clinical laboratories, pharmacy staff, and technical infrastructure. The company has brought in more than $90 million in federal contracts to help oversee more than 350 sites and pay for the tests, according to a federal contracts database.

Coral May is a serial entrepreneur and a registered nurse, who in 2013, incorporated eTrueNorth as E3Health Solutions in Mansfield, Texas, with Michael McEntee as chairman.
eTrueNorth is among a string of health-related organizations May has founded and folded in the past two decades, including Predictive Strategies, E3 Communications, and the American Association of Mid-Life Women, according to public records.

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