Aurora COVID-Test Site Reduces Hours as IDPH Doubles Down on Testing in High-Risk Communities

Aurora COVID-Test Site Reduces Hours as IDPH Doubles Down on Testing in High-Risk Communities

The Illinois Department of Public Health is fine tuning its targeted mobile testing operations in response to a decline in the number of people utilizing state supported testing sites and in preparation for the next phases of the pandemic response.

According to an IDPH news release, state officials are realigning their testing strategy to deploy mobile testing teams to locations with a high demand — 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 Site

Address

Days

Hours

Arlington Heights

Arlington Racetrack

2000 W. Euclid Ave.

Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat

8am – 4pm

Auburn Gresham

7938 S. Halsted St.

Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat

8am – 4pm

Aurora

2450 N. Farnsworth Ave.

Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat

8am – 4pm

Bloomington

1106 Interstate Dr.

Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat

9am – 5pm

Champaign

Market Place Shopping

2000 N. Neil St.

Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat

8am – 4pm

East St. Louis

St. Clair Square

134 St. Clair Square

Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat

8am – 4pm

Harwood Heights

6959 W. Forest Preserve Rd.

Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat

7am – 3pm

Peoria

Peoria Civic Center

Fulton Street Parking Lot

Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat

8am – 4pm

Rockford

1321 Sandy Hollow Rd.

Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat

8am – 4pm

Waukegan

102 W. Water St.

Mon-Wed-Fri-Sat

8am – 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

SOURCE: IDPH news release