Illinois expands availability of free COVID-19 testing

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information provided by the Office of the Governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 4, 2020) – Increasing COVID-19 testing capabilities in the State of Illinois continues to be an operational priority during the state’s response to this ongoing pandemic. Last week the State announced a new drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility that is now open to the public.

The latest Community Based Testing Site (CBTS) is in Waukegan. Similar to the five additional Community Based Testing Sites throughout the state, the Waukegan site will be open seven days a week to test individuals with COVID-19 symptoms and those who support critical services.

“By bringing COVID-19 testing into communities free of charge, we are to make testing more readily available and easier to access,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Testing is essential to identify the prevalence of virus circulating in our communities. Through widespread testing, we can make science-based decisions that will help us end this pandemic.”

All individuals with symptoms are encouraged to seek testing at these Community Based Testing Sites. Additional accommodations have been made for the following individuals with or without COVID-like symptoms.

  • Healthcare workers
  • First Responders
  • Employees of Correctional Facilities
  • Individuals exposed to confirmed COVID-19 patients
  • Employees that support Critical Infrastructure (grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, gas stations, public utilities, factories, childcare and sanitation)
  • Individuals with compromised immune systems, chronic medical conditions

Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

Community Based Testing Sites

  • Harwood Heights
    6959 W. Forest Preserve Road, Chicago IL
    7:00am – 3:00pm
    while daily supplies last

  • Bloomington
    1106 Interstate Drive, Bloomington IL
    9:00am – 5:00pm
    while daily supplies last

  • Markham
    3824 W.159th Place, Markham IL
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    while daily supplies last

  • Aurora
    1650 Premium Outlet Blvd, Aurora IL
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    while daily supplies last

  • Rockford
    1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford IL
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    while daily supplies last

  • Waukegan
    2161 Northwestern Avenue, Waukegan, IL
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    while daily supplies last

“Expanded testing for Lake County residents provides our Health Department with more information to help us get a better understanding of COVID-19’s impact on our communities,” said Mark Pfister, Executive Director of the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center. “Our dedicated Communicable Disease team is ready to complement the increase in tests with thorough contact tracing to identify and prevent additional cases in Lake County. Having a more complete picture of this crisis will improve our response and plans for recovery.”

“We know how important this test site is to our residents, and Lake County is proud to be a part of the collaboration between the National Guard, the State of Illinois and the City of Waukegan, to bring this much needed testing to our community” said Lake County Chair Sandy Hart.

“I want to thank the many federal, state and local partners for working together to provide COVID-19 testing for the residents of Waukegan and Lake County,” said Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham. “We are a community of essential workers and we urgently need everyone’s assistance in the fight against COVID-19. Waukegan thanks Governor Pritzker and Dr. Ezike for advocating for our health and well-being with this access to testing.”

Know before you go

Anyone who will be tested must be seated at a functioning window. Once you get in line at the CBTS, you will not be permitted to exit your car. For the safety of the testing personnel, the drive-thru sites will not be able to accommodate walk-up individuals. Individuals must arrive in a vehicle.

While this is a free service, you will be asked to show photo identification and healthcare employee or first responder ID/badge, if applicable.

Due to the demand for this service, wait times could be significant, and patience is requested.

Dozens of additional commercial testing sites are also available throughout the state further adding to the state’s testing capacity. For the most up-to-date list of these sites, visit https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites. There residents can also find information on eligibility for testing and contact information for each testing site.

For additional information related to COVID-19, please visit www.dph.illinois.gov. You can also get your COVID-19 questions answered at any time of day by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-889-3931. You can also email you questions to [email protected].