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KANE COUNTY – The Kane County Health Department announced in a news release today that the Aurora location for mobile COVID testing on Aug. 1 has changed to Phillips Park, Ray Moses Dr., Aurora.
The Kane County Health Department will be hosting mobile COVID-19 testing sites at various locations around the county this week.
According to a news release, the tests are free and open to the public, regardless of symptoms.
The mobile testing unit will be available in Aurora, Carpentersville, Elgin, Geneva, and St. Charles on certain dates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Aug. 2
Tuesday, July 28: Kimball Middle School, 451 N. McLean Blvd., Elgin
Wednesday, July 29: Kimball Middle School, 451 N. McLean Blvd, Elgin
Thursday, July 30: Dundee Crown High School, 1500 Kings Road, Carpentersville
Friday, July 31: Illinois Youth Center, 4450 Route 38, St. Charles –public hours are limited to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 1: Phillips Park, Ray Moses Dr., Aurora
Sunday, Aug. 2: Dundee Crown High School, 1500 Kings Road, Carpentersville
Anyone can be tested. 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, the release stated.
A phone number and name are required in order to receive testing results. A driver’s license or other form of photo identification is requested. High demand for testing may result in long wait times.
The testing site at the Kane County Regional Office of Education in Geneva on July 27 is a walk-up site only, so people will be asked to use street parking or the public parking lots nearby. Expect to wait in line, socially distanced, before taking the test, the release stated.
Those using drive-thru testing at the Elgin and Carpentersville locations must be seated at a functioning window. Once you get in line at the site, you will not be permitted to exit your car. These sites will also accommodate walk-up individuals.
Viral testing (polymerase chain reaction or PCR) will be used. This consists of a nasal swab and is used to detect a current COVID-19 infection. Antibody testing will not be provided at this site.
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. Test results are expected in 3 to 7 days.
Additional testing options are available in Kane County. The Community-Based Testing Site, located at the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall, 1650 Premium Outlet Blvd. in Aurora is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Testing at this site is free.
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.