A mobile testing unit managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health provided more than 2,000 COVID-19 tests to Kane County communities last week, according to a news release from the Kane County Health Department.
“We are especially grateful to our community partners for helping us stage these sites so quickly,” said Uche Onwuta, Kane County Health Department director of health protection, stated in the release. “This was a community-wide effort to serve as many of our communities as locally as possible.”
On July 27, 239 tests were performed at the Regional Office of Education in Geneva.
On July 28, 401 tests were performed at Kimball Middle School in Elgin.
On July 29, 403 tests were performed at Kimball Middle School in Elgin.
On July 30, 367 tests were performed at Dundee Crown High School, Carpentersville.
On July 31, 212 tests were performed at Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles.
On Aug. 1, 186 tests were performed at Phillips Park in Aurora.
On Aug. 2, 348 tests were performed at Dundee Crown High School, Carpentersville.
The total number of tests performed was 2,158.
Additional testing options are available in Kane County. The Community-Based Testing Site, located at the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall, 1650 Premium Outlet Blvd., Aurora is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Community-based testing is free and open to all regardless of symptoms. If you have recently been exposed to a potential or confirmed COVID-19 case, you are encouraged to get tested, even if you are not experiencing symptoms. Test results are expected in 4 – 7 calendar days.
For more information about all available testing sites in Kane County, visit the IDPH website at https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-sites.
Many healthcare providers in Kane County also have COVID-19 testing available. Please contact your provider or the facility to ask about testing criteria and appointment availability.
If you have been told to quarantine for 14 days due to potential exposure, a negative test does not shorten your quarantine period. The virus can take up to 14 days to be detectable by a test, so it is important to continue the quarantine period through 14 days while monitoring for symptoms.
For additional information and current updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit the KCHD website at KaneHealth.com or call the health department at 630-208-3801.