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For weeks, McLean County’s COVID-19 testing site has been under-utilized. Not anymore.

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MCLEAN COUNTY (WEEK) -- Last week, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced that the community testing site located at the McLean County Fairgrounds would be relocated to the Peoria Civic Center.

The state-run drive-thru facility was the first to open in Central Illinois, offering 250 tests per day to anyone who met the qualifications.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing at a local site

But they seldom used even half of their available tests.

IDPH said that was the reason behind their decision to move the site to Peoria.

Though the move to Peoria was delayed through the end of this week, the McLean County testing facility will close Friday, May 22.

However, since the announcement, demand at that site has doubled.

In the two days that followed the announcement, the Illinois Army National Guard ran out of the 250 available tests.

Since then, they've come close to running out four times.

Unfortunately, the decision to move the facility to Peoria, where "demand is higher," according to IDPH, is out of the county's hands.

Read more about the Illinois Department of Public Health's decision to move the McLean County testing site here.

The McLean County community testing site is open seven days a week from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

To be tested, you must meet these criteria: 

  • Be symptomatic
  • OR have a risk factor, such as contact with someone with COVID-19 or a compromised immune system or a serious chronic medical condition

You don’t need to show any symptoms to be tested if you work in:

  • Health care
  • Correctional facilities, such as jails or prisons
  • First responders
  • Support “critical infrastructure,” such as grocery stores, pharmacies, or restaurants

Sheridan Swathwood

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