July 9, 2020
Governor J.B. Pritzker yesterday announced the expansion of the state’s mobile testing operation with 12 COVID-19 teams that will offer testing to residents in hard-hit communities and visit facilities such as homeless services centers and nursing homes. Drive-through and walk-up tests are available free of charge to any Illinois resident who wants to be tested at sites in Rock Island, Chicago, Cicero, Brighton Park, Springfield and East St. Louis.
“We now have 12 mobile teams that can be moved anywhere on any given day to mitigate and suppress emerging outbreaks, including places like meatpacking plants, nursing homes, migrant worker housing and other communities less able to access traditional testing clinics. That puts us on the cutting edge nationally in flexible testing to meet the demands of a more open economy – and I'm thrilled that Illinois is leading the way,” said Governor Pritzker. “And to be clear, these mobile teams are in addition to our 11 free, state-run drive through and walk up testing sites across the state.” So far, the state has conducted more than 1.8 million COVID-19 tests, with an average positivity rate of 2.6% for the most recent seven-day reporting period.
The Governor also announced more than 500 Illinois National Guard members will conclude their missions at the 11 state-run testing sites this month, with contract staffers supporting those sites going forward. Approximately 100 Guard members will remain on duty through the end of the month to assist with the transition and other COVID-19 related missions.