Updated 5/18/2020 6:21 PM

The state will open a new drive-through COVID-19 testing facility Friday at Rolling Meadows High School, providing free tests to anyone who believes they need one.

Officials initially said the facility would open Wednesday, but that’s been pushed back to accommodate a celebration honoring the school’s graduating seniors, officials said Monday.

“We are grateful for the cooperation and collaboration of (District 214) officials to bring this valuable service to the Rolling Meadows community,” Alicia Tate-Nadeau, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, said in a news release. “COVID-19 has created many challenges for school districts looking to honor the Class of 2020, and we are happy to work with the district to keep their socially distanced graduation activities intact.”

The facility, at 2901 Central Road in Rolling Meadows, will be open daily from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., while supplies last.

All individuals with symptoms are encouraged to seek testing.

Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

Additional accommodations will be made for the health care workers, first responders, employees of correctional facilities, individuals exposed to confirmed COVID-19 patients, employees that support critical infrastructure (grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, gas stations, public utilities, factories, child care and sanitation), local and state government employees and people with compromised immune systems, chronic medical conditions.

Getting a test is free and does not require a doctor’s referral, but you will be asked to show photo identification and, if applicable, health care employee or first responder ID. Due to the demand, long wait times are expected.


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