Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site Now Open To Seniors Showing Symptoms

WBBM Newsradio Staff
March 28, 2020 - 10:29 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health's COVID-19 drive-up screening area in an old emissions testing area on Chicago's Northwest Side is now open to people over 60 who are showing physical symptoms of coronavirus.

Chicago Fire Media spokesman Larry Langford confirmed the testing is open to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis. The screening location will still be available for all first responders and health care professionals. 

The IDPH opened up the drive-up testing facility on March 23 only for first responders, who crowded the facility the day it opened, leading it to close by midday because it could not handle the rush, CBS Chicago reported. Now, less than a week later, the facility is ready to test seniors for coronavirus.

The facility is at 6950 West Forest Preserve Drive in Dunning and is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Illinois public health officials have been working with the federal government, Walgreens, and Wal-Mart to set up drive-through testing sites in the areas hit hardest by COVID-19. Those sites will focus on administering tests to those who need them most — seniors, first responders, and healthcare workers.