IDPH focuses mobile COVID-19 testing in high-risk communities


The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said Tuesday that it is fine tuning its targeted mobile testing operations. 

IDPH is realigning its testing strategy to deploy mobile testing teams to locations with a high demand for testing, such as schools, processing plants, high risk workplaces, and other targeted locations. 

“By focusing on taking testing to where people are, we hope to increase the number of people being tested for COVID-19,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “Testing is important to quickly identify individuals with COVID-19 to stop further spread of the virus.  Our test positivity rate is currently low, and one way to keep it low is to identify infected individuals as quickly as possible so contact tracing efforts can identify close contacts who may have been exposed and have them quarantine so the virus does not spread further.”      

Due to changes in public demand, the days of operation for the State community-based testing sites are being adjusted.  These changes will go into effect on Thursday, March 18, 2021.  The new days of operation for the community-based testing sites are as follows:

Testing SiteAddressDaysHours
Arlington HeightsArlington Racetrack
2000 W. Euclid Ave.
Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat8am – 4pm
Auburn Gresham7938 S. Halsted St.Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat8am – 4pm
Aurora2450 N. Farnsworth Ave.Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat8am – 4pm
Bloomington1106 Interstate Dr.Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat9am – 5pm
ChampaignMarket Place Shopping
2000 N. Neil St.
Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat8am – 4pm
East St. LouisSt. Clair Square
134 St. Clair Square
Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat8am – 4pm
Harwood Heights6959 W. Forest Preserve Rd.Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat7am – 3pm
PeoriaPeoria Civic Center
Fulton Street Parking Lot
Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat8am – 4pm
Rockford1321 Sandy Hollow Rd.Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat8am – 4pm
Waukegan102 W. Water St.Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat8am – 4pm

For more information about state-supported community testing sites, as well as other COVID-19 testing sites, visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing.



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