*Please note: This article discusses viral testing used to diagnose if an individual currently has COVID-19. This article does not discuss antibody testing used to determine if an individual was exposed to COVID-19 previously and developed some level of immunity to COVID-19.
We have received several requests for information about sites that are offering COVID-19 testing. Some sites are run by state or local public health departments. Others are run by clinics, hospitals, or community organizations. Sites also may vary based on:
- Symptoms. Some sites require you to have one or more symptoms of COVID-19. You may be asked to speak with a medical provider via a phone or video visit prior to getting tested. Other sites do not have this requirement.
- Appointment. Some sites require you to call ahead or make an appointment to be tested. Others allow drop-ins.
- Drive-Up. Some sites do drive-up testing in which you stay in your car and you are tested through your window. Other sites test in tents set up outside or in certain areas of the building.
- Supply. Most sites have a daily supply of tests. They may stop testing prior to the stated end time if they use up the daily supply.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has compiled a list of testing sites in Illinois (both IDPH sites and other sites). The list can be found at this link. If you scroll down, you will see a map showing the testing sites. There is a search box on the map that you can use to search by city or zip code. Details about the testing site and its policies and processes can be found by clicking on the site.
If you do not live in Illinois, we recommend that you review the website of your state or local public health department.