COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites expand as Illinois cases surpass 4,500

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CHICAGO —  The Illinois National Guard has turned an old vehicle emissions test facility into a coronavirus testing site on Harlem and Irving Park Road.

The site, located at 6959 Forest Preserve Dr. in Dunning, opened at 7:30 a.m. Monday — 90 minutes earlier than scheduled. The site’s working hours are typically 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The site was only made available to healthcare workers and first responders last week, but this past weekend, testing expanded to include people over 65 who have symptoms.

The site conducts 250 tests per day. On Sunday, the site on Harlem and Irving Park Road reached that number in just two hours.

Gov. JB Pritzker is asking the government to raise the tests to 400 per day.

State labs are adding a third shift and robotic equipment to improve testing efficiency. 
Abbott Laboratories in the north suburbs is ready to launch its five-minute test after receiving FDA emergency approval.

Illinois has seen its biggest single day jump in new COVID-19 cases with more than 1,000 confirmed Sunday alone, and 18 deaths over the weekend. The latest statistics released by health officials bring the state total up to 4,596 cases, including 65 deaths.

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