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Where Can You Get Tested for COVID-19 In Central Illinois?

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Medical personnel help each other at a federal COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in the parking lot of Walmart in North Lake, Ill., Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The new coronavirus cause mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

For health questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

IDPH has also compiled a list of testing sites across the state, including information on testing eligibility and contact information. Public testing sites offer free testing regardless of insurance, with no need for a doctor’s referral.

Illinois has expanded COVID-19 testing criteria to allow anyone to get tested, regardless of symptoms.

University of Illinois (Alice Campbell Alumni Center), Urbana

  • Open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekdays.
  • Uses a saliva test as opposed to a nasal swab. The test takes a few minutes to administer.
  • Individuals should refrain from eating, drinking, brushing teeth, chewing tobacco, mouth washing or gum chewing 30 minutes prior to the test.
  • The test is free, but is only available to University of Illinois employees and students. An i-Card or Illini ID is necessary.
  • The testing site is located north of the building, on Lincoln Avenue.

University of Illinois (State Farm Center), Champaign

  • Open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekdays.
  • Uses the same saliva test as the Alice Campbell Alumni Center testing location. The same rules on oral intake apply here.
  • The test is free, but is only available to University of Illinois employees and students. An i-Card or Illini ID is necessary.
  • The testing site can be accessed through the West Main Circle Drive doors.

Market Place mall, Champaign

  • Public drive-through testing site operated by the Illinois National Guard
  • Open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week
  • Doctor’s referral not required; no insurance required, no charge for testing

Promise Healthcare, Champaign

  • COVID-19 testing is available at Frances Nelson Health Center. 
  • Call the COVID-19 Care Line at (217) 403-5402 or (217) 356-1558 if you have symptoms.
  • Testing is available from 7:30 am – 5:15 pm, Monday through Friday at Frances Nelson, 819 Bloomington Road, Champaign.

Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana

  • Carle has an online assessment tool for people experiencing symptoms of COVID-19: fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing.
  • People also call their hotline at 217.902.6100.
  • Carle has opened a designated a testing COVID-19 site for approved patients. A patient’s provider will offer direction to the site.

OSF HealthCare, Urbana

  • People can call their COVID-19 Nurse Hotline at 833.673.5669.
  • Clare, the virtual assistant chatbot on org, is equipped to begin screenings for and educate the public about COVID-19.
  • OSF COVID Companion is a free text messaging tool that the public can use to receive guidance about COVID-19. To subscribe, users can text OSF to 67634.
  • OSF SilverCloud-An online platform available at org/silvercloud, available 24/7 to help manage stress, anxiety and depression. It’s backed by a live health care professional who can direct users to in-person or telehealth care if necessary.
  • OSF HealthCare is launching a Pandemic Health Worker Program (PHWP) that will serve individuals with COVID-19 symptoms. A person is eligible for the PHWP if he or she is showing COVID-19 symptoms, or is at high risk for contracting the virus, but does not require emergency or inpatient care, and can be digitally monitored at home. They must first call the COVID-19 Nurse Hotline (833-OSF-KNOW)and be digitally triaged by a nurse. Depending on the answers to the screening questions, the nurse or other provider will determine if they are eligible for the PHWP. If enrolled, the client will be notified and receive a phone call from a Pandemic Health Worker within 48 hours.

Christie Clinic (217) 366-4070 (8 am – 5 pm; Monday – Friday)

  • Visit christieclinic.com or follow Christie Clinic on social media for the most up to date information on COVID-19.
  • Christie Clinic has an authorized testing facility outside the Christie Clinic on Windsor location.
  • Patients need to call ahead to receive specific instructions on where to go and how to be tested. This will reduce the risk of potential exposure to others. 
  • To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Christie Clinic patients will be limited to one support person at their appointment. Additional guests should remain in their vehicles.

McLean County Fairgrounds (Interstate Center), 1106 Interstate Dr, Bloomington

  • Testing site is open every day from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Results within 3-7 days
  • People who can get tested:
    • Critical infrastructure workers with symptoms
    • Any individual with symptoms
    • Health care facility workers and first responders without symptoms
    • Individuals with mild symptoms in communities experiencing high numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations

Memorial Health System, Decatur & Springfield

  • DMH ExpressCare East, 4455 E. U.S. 36, Decatur
    • Testing site is open every day 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sign up for drive-thru screening by calling 217.876.1200
  • Memorial Physician Services, 2950 South Sixth Street, Springfield
    • Testing site is open every day 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Sign up for drive-thru screening by calling 217.588.4019
  • People with respiratory symptoms such as cough, chest congestion, sore throat, difficulty breathing and fever can get tested.
  • Screening and evaluation will be performed while the patient remains in their vehicle.

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. We recommend checking the Coronavirus Information Center for the most recent numbers and guidance.

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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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