COVID-19 Testing

SIU Medicine COVID-19 Testing

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Before heading out for a test, please wait at least four days from a possible exposure to get the most accurate test result and quarantine at home until a result has been provided.

SANGAMON COUNTY TESTING:

SIU Medicine, in coordination with the Sangamon County Department of Public Health (SCDPH) and the Office of the Mayor, recently relaunched a testing site at SCDPH to meet the immediate need for expanded testing in Sangamon County. Testing is available at the following locations:

September 18 | 9am - 12pm | Union Baptist Church, 1405 E Monroe Street

September 25 | 9am - 12pm | Progressive Church of God in Christ, 1625 E. Ash Street

October testing locations here

MADISON COUNTY TESTING:

SIU Medicine, SIUE School of Nursing, and the Madison County Health Department are pleased to bring COVID-19 testing to the community. Please visit the Madison County Department of Public Health site for detailed testing times and locations.

Here are some commonly asked questions about COVID testing.

When will I get my results?

We will call you with results in 5-7 days after your test. (Weekends may make this longer)

What does a negative test mean?

A negative test means that you likely do NOT have the virus AT THIS TIME. It does NOT tell us anything about whether you had it in the past. 

What does a positive test mean?

A positive test means that you likely have the virus right now. Some people who have had the virus recently (in the last week or two) may still have positive test results.

You may or may not develop symptoms. You will receive instructions from the Health Department.

What are symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

Fever, chills, muscle aches, runny nose, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes.  However, many other illnesses can also cause those symptoms. 

Most people who develop illness with COVID-19 do not get very sick. If you do get sick, you can rest, drink plenty of fluids, and use over the counter medicine for fever or pain.  

Some people can become very ill and may need to go to the hospital. People who have other medical problems like lung disease, heart disease, and diabetes are at higher risk of having problems when they get COVID-19, but healthy people can also become very sick.

Regardless of your test results, if you have trouble breathing, cannot eat or drink enough, or become seriously ill, please call your doctor or seek emergency care. 

How can I stay safe and protect others?

  • Wash your hands often. When you can’t wash with soap and water, use hand sanitizer (with 60-95% alcohol).
  • Cover coughs and sneezes and wash hands immediately after coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash surfaces that people touch a lot. Most disinfecting household cleaners are effective for cleaning doorknobs, tables, counters, and bathrooms; read the label for instructions.
  • Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth when you cannot stay at least 6 feet away from others in public.
  • Avoid getting together in groups if you don’t live together, even if no one seems sick. Many people have no symptoms or just mild symptoms for a few days before they realize they are sick but may still be contagious. 
  • If you do get together with others and can’t stay more than 6 feet apart, make sure you are all wearing masks.

What can I do if I have other questions?

If you have a regular doctor, you can always call and ask for advice. If you don’t have a regular doctor and have medical issues, contact SIU School of Medicine.

Click here for general covid information