Chicago Launches Mobile COVID-19 Testing Sites To Expand Testing Across City

Bernie Tafoya
June 23, 2020 - 7:54 am

    CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The city of Chicago launched a pilot program Tuesday to expand COVID-19 testing throughout Chicago.

    The pilot program will launch four mobile testing sites — two community-based sites and two first responder-focused sites — that will help expand the city's testing capabilities and meet residents where testing is needed most.

    The first community-based mobile testing site will begin operating Tuesday at Austin Health Center and a second community-based site will begin operating later in the week at Kennedy King College.

    The first responder testing sites will begin operating on the city's North and Southwest sites Wednesday and will travel to areas where they are most needed.

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    The City is partnering with community based organization to pilot multiple mobile testing sites.
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    The testing expansion comes as the city looks to move into Phase Four of its ‘Protecting Chicago’ reopening framework and must continue meeting its critical benchmark of conducting 4,500 tests per day.

    All residents are encouraged to self-monitor and get tested if they meet the eligibility criteria, which was expanded last week to allow for testing of anyone who has had a recent high-risk exposure including participation in protests that have happened throughout the city, and as residents continue expanding their social circles amid the citywide reopening.

    According to the Mayor's Office, diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is free for all residents and the city strongly encourages anyone who thinks they may need to be tested to visit one of these sites.

    Workers at the sites can accommodate several language needs in order to provide the best experience and educate residents coming to the testing sites. No questions will be asked about citizenship status, and no documentation related to citizenship will be requested. The data collected for testing appointments whether online or onsite and returned from the tests will only be shared with the City of Chicago’s Department of Public Health.

    To learn more about the City’s testing sites, or to register to get tested, please visit chi.gov/covidtesting.