2 Illinois COVID-19 Testing Sites For First Responders Open

Nancy Harty
March 22, 2020 - 2:00 pm
Coronavirus Testing Sites in Illinois

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NORTHLAKE, ILL. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The state's first two coronavirus testing sites specifically for first responders are up and running in the suburbs.

The drive-up facilities in Walmart parking lots in Joliet and Northlake are offering tests for doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers -- as well as police officers and firefighters.

Northlake Police Chief Norman Nissen said through the public-private partnership they were able to test 20 emergency responders yesterday at the Walmart on North Avenue.

Officers are helping control traffic around the site, which has attracted a lot of interest from the public, Nissen said.

He said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will open more drive-up testing sites as they streamline the process.

The facilities expect to administer tests to about 70 people each day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Those looking to get tested for coronavirus must have photo identification and proof they work as emergency responders.