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IDPH COVID-19 Testing Site Coming to Ford County

IDPH COVID-19 Testing Site Coming to Ford County

Ford County, IL – Ford County Public Health Department (FCPHD) is announcing that a COVID-19 testing site is coming to the area next week.  A mobile testing unit managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will be stationed in Roberts, IL according to the following schedule:

        Thursday, October 29, 2020

        9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Anyone in line at 4:00 pm will be tested)

Roberts Village Gym on Locust Street in Roberts, IL

Know Before You Go

Testing is free and open to all regardless of symptoms.  Simple nasal swabs will be used.  A phone number and name are required to receive testing results.  Individuals will be called with results within 4-7 business days.  Individuals are encouraged to bring their health insurance card but can still be tested without insurance.

Other Testing Options

State-run Community-Based Testing Sites located in Champaign (Market Place Mall, 2000 N. Neil St) and Bloomington (1106 Interstate Drive) are open 7 days a week.  Testing at these sites is free.  For more information, visit the IDPH website at

Many healthcare providers in Ford County also have COVID-19 testing available.  Please contact your provider or the facility to ask about testing criteria and appointment availability.

“We encourage our residents to take advantage of the mobile testing site or Community-Based Testing Sites and get tested right away if they are experiencing symptoms, or after being exposed to an infected person,” says Lana Sample, FCPHD Administrator.  “Testing is an important first step that helps our staff identify and support you if you are infected, notify close contacts, and slow the spread of this virus.”

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