In response to the exponential spread of COVID-19 cases and the increased need for testing, the DuPage County Health Department is announcing the addition of a second community-based drive-thru testing site to provide additional testing resources in DuPage County.
The additional COVID-19 testing site will be located at the Odeum Expo Center, 1033 N. Villa Avenue in Villa Park, and will open on Monday, Nov. 23.
The week of Thanksgiving the site will be operational Monday, Nov. 23 through Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until the daily test capacity of 600 tests is completed each day.
The week of Nov. 29, the site will operate from Sunday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Dec. 4 with the same hours and test capacity.
Anyone can be tested with no appointment, doctor referral, or insurance is required. Visitors are encouraged to pre-register at testdirectly.com, but pre-registration does not guarantee testing or a place in line for that day. For more information about how to prepare before your visit and what to expect, visit dupagehealth.org/covid19testing.
Additionally, DCHD has collaborated with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to expand mobile testing opportunities by partnering with local municipal leaders. The mobile test sites rotate throughout the county to increase access to testing for residents.
“While testing is a crucial component of DCHD’s COVID-19 response, we must remember that it is only one part of the overall strategy to slow the spread of this virus,” said Karen Ayala, executive director of DuPage County Health Department. “Even more important than identifying cases and their close contacts, is preventing new cases from occurring.”
The Health Department continues to encourage residents to protect themselves and their families by staying home as much as possible, avoiding all non-essential travel, and not gathering with people from outside of their household. In addition, everyone is reminded to practice the 3Ws, to Wear a mask, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands to slow the spread of COVID-19.
For more COVID-19 information and resources, visit dupagehealth.org/covid19.