COMMUNITY DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TEST SITE
OPENS AT ROCKFORD’S AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL
A regional community COVID-19 Testing Site is open at Rockford’s Auburn HS.
The site is being supported by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA). The goal is to significantly increase the region’s testing for COVID-19.
Hours for Auburn HS Testing Site: Monday – Friday: 9 am – 4:30 pm.
Patients can enter the Testing Site on Pierpont Avenue between Auburn and School Streets next to Kennedy Middle School (use 520 North Pierpont Avenue for smartphone GPS address).
The Auburn HS Testing Site is a 4-lane, drive-thru testing center. Patients are required to remain in their vehicle for the test. Individuals desiring a test must be seated by an operating window.
Appointments are not needed. Wait times may vary depending on the number of people in line. The actual test is very quick and will be available as long as daily testing supply allotments last.
Ideal candidates for testing include, but are not limited to:
- Anyone experiencing upper respiratory symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue) and suspect it could be COVID-19
- High-risk populations living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, COPD and/or related conditions such as asthma
- People living or working in congregate situations such as nursing homes or retirement housing
- Healthcare workers and those working in first responder roles
The test will be a Nasopharyngeal Swab, which is designed to collect nasal secretions from the back of the nose and throat. The test will be administered by medical staff from Crusader Community Health. Samples will be sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health lab. Results will come from the patient’s primary care provider or the IDPH.
Individuals seeking testing at this site will be asked to complete a form that will include some personal and demographic information. Symptoms will also be documented.
ADDITIONAL TEST SITE
The Winnebago County Health Department is also offering a community-based COVID-19 testing site at the UIC Health Sciences Campus at 1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, IL 61107. Hours are 8 am – 4 pm, seven days a week.