In Illinois, Anyone Can Now Get A Free COVID Test

Jim Gudas
June 05, 2020 - 6:47 pm
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Illinois now has enough testing capacity so that anyone who wants a COVID-19 test can get one — even if they don't have symptoms or a request from a doctor.

Gov. JB Pritzker made the announcement Friday as he encouraged people who have been attending crowded demonstrations to consider getting tested to see if they have the novel coronavirus.

“Remember, we now know that even if you feel no symptoms at all and feel healthy you can still be carrying the virus with you and spread it to others — to your family, to your friends, to your co-workers,” he said. “If you think you may have been exposed to somebody with COVID-19, you should get tested.”

The governor noted testing is free at several state-run sites. In the Chicago area those are located in Aurora, Harwood Heights, Rolling Meadows, South Holland, Waukegan and on Chicago's South Side.

Pritzker visited a COVID-19 testing site in Peoria. He said the state has processed more than 1 million tests for the virus since the start of the outbreak.

Testing and contract tracing are seen as key strategies to containing the number of infections. On Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,156 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 59 deaths.