Illinois opening free COVID-19 testing sites, new cases decline

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Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Photo via Good Free Photos)

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced free mobile COVID-19 testing sites in all parts of the state on Monday.

The announcement came as the state saw its first decline in new cases after a week of rising numbers: 11,632 new confirmed and probable cases, including 37 additional deaths.

Anyone can be tested, regardless of symptoms or immigration status.  There is no cost to the individual for testing, but they should bring their insurance card if they have one.  However, insurance is not required.  Specimens will be collected using a simple nasal swab.  Drive-through and walk-up testing are both available at most locations.

Site locations are subject to change. Check the IDPH website for the most current mobile testing site location information: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing/mobile-testing-sites

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Nov. 9 – Nov. 15 is 12.5%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Nov. 9 – Nov. 15 is 14.7%.

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