The state of Illinois has increased the number of public testing sites to 177 over FREE Coronavirus tests across the state, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday, up from 112 sites last week and available in every region of the state. “And I’m proud to announce that we will be adding two new drive-through testing locations, bringing our state-run drive-through facilities to seven,” Pritzker said in his prepared remarks Thursday. Since hitting 100,000 tests last Friday, Illinois has run 96,551 total tests and hasn’t once dipped below that daily benchmark. The tests conducted over the past seven days account for more than 35% of the tests the state has conducted since reporting began in early March.
With his modified stay-at-home taking effect on Friday, Pritzker made it clear that testing for the deadly virus is “vital to our efforts to reduce social restrictions, get our economy going and to protect our residents.”
Here is the number of sites located in each area, broken down by Illinois Department of Public Health region:
- 19 sites in the Rockford Region
- 9 sites in the Peoria Region
- 8 sites in the Springfield Region
- 5 sites in the Edwardsville Region
- 33 sites in the Marion Region
- 10 sites in the Champaign Region
In Cook and the collar counties:
- 41 sites in the City of Chicago
- 22 sites in the Southwest Suburbs
- 8 sites in the West Suburbs
- 11 sites in the Northwest Suburbs
- 11 sites in the North Suburbs
Pritzker noted more partner hospitals, clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers continue to come online.