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Free COVID testing in Springfield

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SIU Medicine is offering free COVID-19 testing to the public through a partnership with the Sangamon County Department of Public Health and SHIELD Illinois.
 
Members of the community -- whether they have symptoms or not -- can visit the testing site without an appointment during specific times. Walk-ins are welcome. The site will not be taking appointments.
 
The SIU Medicine site is open from 1:00-3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 201 E. Madison St., Springfield.

Confidential results from SHIELD are available within 48 hours.

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SIU Chief Medical Officer Vidhya Prakash, MD, said, “As we continue to see evidence of community spread, SIU Medicine is following through on its commitment to be there for the communities we serve. We are happy to partner with SHIELD Illinois to provide this free service as a way to advocate for better health in Sangamon County.”
 
As part of its outreach effort, SIU Medicine is sending information about SHIELD testing to our International Travel Clinic.
 
The travel clinic, operated by the Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Internal Medicine, is an immunization and counseling service offered to persons traveling abroad. Immunization requirements and recommendations for foreign travel are based on guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
International travelers in the community can schedule appointments at the clinic.
 
SIU Medicine also is sending testing information to area medical providers to inform their patients about the availability of free testing as a resource for pre-op COVID testing that is still required for many surgical procedures.
 
This site is among 1,700 covidSHIELD testing sites across Illinois, including K-12 schools, universities, community colleges, federal agencies, businesses and more than 40 free community testing locations.
 
Sangamon County and IDPH are using federal funds from the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan to offer free, rapid PCR testing for members of the community through SHIELD Illinois, a nonprofit of the University of Illinois System.
 
The effort is part of an agreement between the U of I System and the state in the ongoing effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The innovative saliva-based covidSHIELD test detects three genes of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, allowing it to quickly detect the virus that causes COVID-19 and its variants, such as Delta and Omicron, including among people who do not have symptoms.

NOTE: In observance of the upcoming Independence Day holiday, the SIU Medicine testing site will be closed on Friday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 5. Regular hours of operation will resume on Thursday, July 7.
 
For more information about SIU Medicine's free testing site, call the COVID Hotline at 217-545-5100

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