COVID-19 Mobile Testing Returns This Weekend (Aug. 7-9) With Sites in Carpentersville, Elgin

COVID-19 Mobile Testing Returns This Weekend (Aug. 7-9) With Sites in Carpentersville, Elgin

Walk-up testing was done last week at the Kane County Regional Office of Education in Geneva. Testing this weekend is via drive-thru, but walk-up testing can be accommodated.

The Kane County Health Department announced Wednesday that a mobile testing unit managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health will return to Carpentersville and Elgin this weekend to provide Coronavirus Disease tests to the community.

Last week, seven mobile community testing sites provided a total of 2,156 tests to the community.

Testing is free and open to all regardless of symptoms. The mobile testing unit will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the following locations:

  • Friday, Aug. 7 — Dundee Crown High School, 1500 Kings Road, Carpentersville
  • Saturday, Aug. 8 — Kimball Middle School, 451 N McLean Boulevard, Elgin
  • Sunday, Aug. 9 — Kimball Middle School, 451 N McLean Boulevard, Elgin

Anyone can be tested. If you have recently been exposed to a potential or confirmed COVID-19 case, you are encouraged to get tested, even if you are not experiencing symptoms.

A phone number and name are required in order to receive testing results. High demand for testing may result in long wait times.

Those using drive-thru testing must be seated at a functioning window. Once you get in line at the site, you will not be permitted to exit your car. These sites will also accommodate walk-up individuals.

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.

If you have been told to quarantine for 14 days due to potential exposure, a negative test does not shorten your quarantine period. The virus can take up to 14 days to be detectable by a test, so it is important to continue the quarantine period through 14 days while monitoring for symptoms.

Test results are expected in four to seven calendar days.

Additional Testing Options

Additional testing options are available in Kane County.

The Community-Based Testing Site, located at the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall, 1650 Premium Outlet Blvd. in Aurora is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Testing at this site is free.

For more information about all available testing sites in Kane County, visit the testing sites page of the IDPH website.

Many healthcare providers in Kane County also have COVID-19 testing available. Please contact your provider or the facility to ask about testing criteria and appointment availability.

For additional information and current updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit the KCHD website at KaneHealth.com or call the Health Department at 630-208-3801.

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