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McLean County COVID-19 testing site loosens testing restrictions

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BLOOMINGTON (HOI) - The McLean County Health Department announced different guidelines regarding who can be tested at the county's COVID-19 testing facility.

The facility was initially only testing healthcare workers, first responders, people over 60 or those with underlying health conditions. However, those guidelines have changed.

The testing site is allowing anyone over the age of 16 to be tested, as long as they have COVID-19 symptoms, which include shortness of breath, fever and or a cough. Only healthcare workers and first responders can be tested without symptoms.

The McLean County location has the ability to test 250 people per day, but has only been testing just over 100 people per day. In total, 1200 people have been tested at the McLean County location.

Congressmen Darin LaHood and Rodney Davis toured the drive-thru site today. They announced the state has been working with the department of health and human services to obtain federal funding. With this funding, the facility will remain open through May.

“Because of sites like this, and what advice the National Guard and their team have offered to leaders in all level of government, that we’ve been able to see this process get better, and to see this be a fight that we’re continuing to wage, and we’re going to be victorious," said Congressman Davis.

Regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services, Doug O’Brien, says testing facilities in Chicago and Bloomington have been able to produce effective results for the state. 

“What the Illinois Dept of Public Health, what the Illinois national guard in collaboration with the united states public health service and here with what the mclean county public health dept has put together is nothing short of a national model,” said O'Brien.

Congressman LaHood encourages residents to take advantage of these resources. The testing site is open seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. You do not have to live in McLean County to be tested at their location.

Gabi Guerrero

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