NEW FREE STATE CORONAVIRUS TESTING SITE

The COVID-19 testing site in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood has moved to a new location at Foreman Mills, located at 79th Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway, due to the previous site’s hosts reopening for business.

State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) praised the governor’s administration for working quickly to ensure that the South Side and Auburn Gresham – one of the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the first community in the state to lose a life to the disease – maintains a free, accessible testing site. Collins was vocal in her calls for a testing site in the neighborhood, which went without one until May.

“It is imperative that anybody who has reason to believe they may have been infected has access to free testing,” Collins said. “Particularly in communities where many are facing unemployment and a lack of health care benefits, this is key to our eventual victory over COVID-19.”

The new community-based testing site will make use of the nasal swab testing method – the slightly less invasive test. The site operates seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Testing is free to all, and no symptoms are required to qualify for testing. Results should be expected within four to seven days via phone call.

The previous testing site at Studio Movie Grill has ceased operations due to the business reopening. Collins urged those who seek a test to self-isolate until they receive results.

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