Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19th, there will be a community-based COVID-19 testing site at Market Place Mall. If you are interested in getting tested, you can go there and get a free, self-administered test. There will be a limited amount of tests adminstered per day, so if you are interested in getting tested, you should arrive early.

From ChampaignCountyCovid19.org:

All individuals with symptoms are encouraged to seek testing at the State of Illinois Community-Based Testing Sites. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.

Champaign testing site opens May 19, 2020
8:00am – 4:00pm (seven days a week while daily supplies last)
Market Place Shopping Center, 2000 N. Neil Street, Champaign

Testing is available for anyone with symptoms, or any of the following people with or without symptoms: Healthcare workers; first responders; employees of correctional facilities; individuals exposed to confirmed COVID-19 patients; employees that support critical infrastructure (grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, gas stations, public utilities, factories, childcare and sanitation; all local and state government employees; and individuals with compromised immune systems, chronic medical conditions.

Know Before You Go

This is a free service that can be obtained without a doctor’s referral. While this is a free service, you will be asked to show photo identification and healthcare employee or first responder ID/badge, if applicable.

Patients utilizing drive-thru testing sites must be seated at a functioning window. Once you get in line at the CBTS, you will not be permitted to exit your car. For the safety of the testing personnel, drive-thru sites will not be able to accommodate walk-up individuals.

Self-administered testing is quick and painless.

Patients receiving required pre-surgery or pre-procedure testing should receive that test as directed by their doctor’s office to avoid delays.

Photo by Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media.