Two new coronavirus testing sites opening in central Illinois

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PEORIA — Two more coronavirus testing sites will be opening in Peoria and Champaign, the state health department said Friday.

Champaign’s drive-through site will be opening on May 19. Peoria will have both walk-up and drive-through testing starting May 23.

These free community services will be open seven days a week to test individuals with COVID-19 symptoms and those employees who support critical services.

“Not everyone with COVID-19 has symptoms. Without greater testing, it is difficult to know who is infected with this virus. This could mean a person who thinks they are healthy may unknowingly pass the virus to someone else, potentially with deadly consequences. I encourage residents in these areas to take advantage of this opportunity to get tested for free and to take action to help prevent further spread of the virus,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of Illinois Department of Public Health.

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)
  • All local and state government employees
  • Individuals with compromised immune systems, chronic medical conditions

Champaign’s site is at Market Place Shopping Center, 2000 N. Neil St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., depending on supplies. Peoria’s site is at the Peoria Civic Center’s Fulton Street Parking Lot from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., depending on supplies.

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