SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced a new COVID-19 testing site on Monday.
The site will open on Wednesday, May 6, at the Jackie Joyner Kersee Community Center, offering drive-thru and walk-up service.
“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 in a press release. “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.”
“Making sure the citizens in East St. Louis and the surrounding communities receive the necessary resources to access testing and treatment has remained a priority for me during this pandemic,” said State Representative LaToya Greenwood. “What we do today will absolutely impact our future, including how many people get sick, how many people are able to recover in the coming weeks, and how many people will lose their lives. We must continue to be diligent about adhering to the Governor’s stay-at-home order, social distancing, and washing our hands.”
“Testing and contract tracing has proven to be an effective way to slow the spread of this highly contagious virus. This additional site is a welcome addition to St. Clair County,” said Mark Kern, St Clair County Board Chairman.
Anyone with symptoms is 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, such as:
- 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 of coronavirus 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.