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PARK FOREST – In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) is reminding residents to take advantage of free testing.

“Getting a test is safe, quick and easy, and it helps keep you and your neighbors safe,” Joyce said. “If you have COVID-19-like symptoms, I encourage you to get tested as soon as possible.”

If a person believes they have been exposed to the virus, they should get tested 5-7 days after exposure – even if they don’t feel ill. Studies have shown people who are asymptomatic for the virus are still able to spread it to others, who may become visibly sick and require medical attention.

Individuals with symptoms that may be COVID-19 should also get tested, even if they don’t believe they need medical care.

Illinois has tested more than 3.8 million COVID-19 specimens since March and continues to expand testing throughout the state.

There are nearly 300 testing sites across the state, including 11 state-operated community-based testing sites and 12 mobile testing teams that conduct tests at facilities experiencing outbreaks – including nursing homes and correctional centers – and areas around the state reporting increased cases. All state-operated testing facilities are free.

More information about locations, testing hours and requirements can be found at www.dph.illinois.gov/testing.

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