COVID-19 Resources: Testing Sites for First Responders and Childcare Options


The Illinois National Guard set up a COVID-19 testing site for first responders and healthcare workers with symptoms. You need to bring your ID as proof. The facility also started testing residents 65 years or older with symptoms. The Guard will test 250 people per day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Illinois National Guard testing facility
6959 Forest Preserve Drive
Chicago, IL 60634

First responders, healthcare workers and seniors 65 and older (who have symptoms) now have three suburban sites with drive-thru COVID-19 testing. Tests will be administered between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day at the following locations: 

Walmart Northlake
137 W North Ave
Northlake, IL 60164
(708) 409-0049

Walmart Joliet
2424 W Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL 6043
(815) 744-7575

695 W Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 759-3011


All Illinois residents: A dedicated help line has been created so Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies can help connect essential worker families to emergency childcare. Call toll-free (888) 228-1146 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. To find emergency childcare in your area, visit for the COVID-19 emergency childcare provider search.

For residents in Cook County: Illinois Action for Children (IAFC) has launched a temporary text messaging service to answer Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) questions during IAFC’s office closure. Text 312-736-7390 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Priority will be given to first responders, health care workers, and essential workers to help them find and pay for child care.

For City of Chicago residents: In partnership with the City of Chicago, Sittercity will help nurses, doctors, cafeteria workers, firefighters, police officers, and other essential workers to find reliable childcare to allow them to continue their crucial work. The service connects families to reliable nannies and babysitters and is also looking for volunteers who can safely provide childcare. Visit to learn more.


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