Governor J.B. Pritzker recently announced new COVID-19 testing sites in Illinois, expansion of testing guidelines and an elimination of supply chain problems as they relate to raw materials for testing.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has a list of COVID-19 testing sites on its website that are open to the public across the state. Some locations require an appointment or certain symptoms verified by a health provider before a test can be administered. Please click here to view the list of public testing locations and their requirements.
“While each independent provider can and will offer tests with their own unique criteria, the state of Illinois has expanded those eligible to get a test to include anyone who has COVID-like symptoms, even if you have not been given a doctor’s order,” said Governor Pritzker. “This will apply to our state-run drive-thru testing centers, and it is guidance we will now be offering to providers across the state of Illinois.”
At this time, the IDPH recommends against testing people with mild illness who can be safely managed at home, unless a diagnosis may impact patient management. This will minimize possible exposures to healthcare workers, patients and the public, and reduce the demand for personal protective equipment.
According to the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCPH), testing priority is for people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 in the following four circumstances: 1) in temporary shelter; 2) with a known exposure to a known or suspected person with COVID-19; 3) those over the age of 60 or with chronic health conditions; and 4) grocery store clerks, licensed childcare facility workers, and other front line workers.
If you don’t have a health care provider or medical insurance, visit https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/ to find a health center near you.