In response to ongoing COVID-19 concerns and cases in the Kane County area, a walk-up testing site managed by the Kane County Health Department will be running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, July 27, in the west parking lot of the Kane County Regional Office of Education, 28 N. 1st St., Geneva.
Free street parking is available on Hamilton Street. Coronavirus Disease tests will be provided free to the community.
Regional Superintendent for the Kane County Regional Office of Education Patricia Dal Santo emphasized that this is a walk-up site, so people will be asked to use street parking or the public parking lots nearby, and then wait in line, socially distanced, before taking the test.
“While the seriousness of COVID-19 has taken a toll on many in the community, we are happy to facilitate testing next week in order for individuals and families to get the care they need,” she said. “Anyone who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 or has experienced similar symptoms is strongly urged to participate.”
In order to receive testing results, a phone number and name are required. Please be advised that testing is in high demand, so wait times may be long.
Viral testing (polymerase chain reaction or PCR) will be used. This consists of a nasal swab and is used to detect a current COVID-19 infection. Antibody testing will not be provided at this site.
Please note that if you have been told to quarantine for 14 days due to potential exposure, a negative test does not exempt you from your quarantine. The virus can take up to 14 days to be detectable by a test, so it is pertinent to continue monitoring your symptoms and staying in quarantine.
The Kane County Health Department reported Kane County’s first confirmed COVID-19 case on March 10, 2020. As of July 21, 2020, 8,496 confirmed cases have been reported in Kane County, including 292 deaths.
The Kane County Health Department has created a COVID-19 dashboard to keep you updated and informed with the most up-to-date data. Find that information here.
For trusted information on the COVID-19 pandemic from reputable state and federal sources, visit the state of Illinois, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.
SOURCE: Kane County Regional Office of Education’s