Area residents are invited to be tested for COVID-19 at a free clinic Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28 and 29, at the Bond County Fairgrounds. Hours each day are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The testing is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health, which offered to provide it.
Bond County Health Department Administrator Sean Eifert said the state will provide testing to anyone who wants one. The tests will be sent to the state lab. Results are usually back in one to three days. He said the tests are reliable. The testing site will be done in drive-thru style.
He said it’s not exclusive to Bond County residents – anyone can be tested. He emphasized that if your test comes back negative, the virus is still there, and you should keep up mitigation efforts.
He said this testing probably won’t be available in the near future.
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Those being tested must have a valid phone number. Individuals with or without symptoms can be tested.
On a related note, the Bond County Health Department reported eight new positive COVID-19 cases in Bond County on Sunday. That brings the county total to 40.
The new positive cases include a female in her 60’s, two females in their 20’s, two females in their 50’s, a male in his 60’s, a male in his 20’s, and a male in his 90’s
Of that number, two patients are hospitalized, 16 are quarantined, 20 have recovered, and two have died.
The health department reports their staff are working very hard to contact trace and quarantine close contacts of positive cases. They encourage testing, and, most of all, strongly urge community members to wear masks, socially distance, and avoid situations which may promote exposure.
For any further information, call the Bond County Health Department at 664-1442.