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COVID-19 Testing Facility

Post Date:05/15/2020

COVID-19 Testing Available at Waukegan Testing Facility
The State’s drive-thru Community-Based Testing Site in Waukegan at 2161 Northwestern Avenue can now accommodate 750 tests daily and has been averaging 550 tests per day. Cost for the test is FREE.

"There are plenty of available tests at the Waukegan site, and we encourage anyone who needs a test to take advantage of this free resource. This includes people with symptoms, essential workers, and those in vulnerable groups," said Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister. "Identifying those who are infected helps our contact tracing efforts to help prevent further spread of this disease. The afternoons are a great time to get tested without long wait times, and we encourage our local employers to be flexible and allow their workers to get tested if needed."

The Waukegan testing site opened on May 3, 2020. It is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. or until 750 test kits are completed for the day. The Illinois National Guard administers the tests, and results are provided by phone in 4-7 days. Testing at the location is free and available to anyone regardless of immigration status. A phone number and name are required to receive testing results. Photo IDs are useful in ensuring a smooth process but are not required. No one will be turned away.

Who can get tested?
Anyone with symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell)

People in the following groups with or without symptoms:

  • Individuals exposed to confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • Individuals with compromised immune systems and/or chronic medical conditions
  • Healthcare workers
  • First responders
  • Employees of correctional facilities
  • Employees who support Critical Infrastructure (grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, gas stations, public utilities, factories, childcare and sanitation)

A phone number and name are required to receive testing results. Testing is available to anyone regardless of immigration status. Photo IDs are useful in ensuring a smooth process but are not required. 

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