CHICAGO (CBS)– A new testing site opens in the northwest suburbs Friday morning.
The new testing site is located outside Rolling Meadows High School where the tests will be administered.
This is a drive-thru only testing site and it will offer testing seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. free of charge for people in the community.
“Make sure you have your personal identifiable information ready and a car with windows that operate because you’ll need to lower your window a little bit,” Major A.J. Ruggieri of the Illinois National Guard, said.
The Illinois Department of Public Health website lists testing locations in the state. Only nine of them are drive-thru-only testing sites.
“We are in need of additional testing sites in in the northwest suburbs and if our goal is to make sure we test as many people as possible, then we should have a site that’s more accessible to people,” Murphy said. “In certain parts of the state, the needs seems to be greater for testing and we should optimize the need.”
She has been pushing for COVID-19 testing sites that can serve people int he 28th district.
Testing is self administered at this testing site.
“You just insert it in one nostril, you’ll swirl it around a couple times, you’ll wait 15 seconds and then you’ll do the same thing on the other side with your other nostril,” Ruggieri said.
Testing at the high school was supposed to begin on Wednesday, but was pushed back because of the school’s virutal graduation.
Visitors will need to show an ID or badge if you’re health care worker or first responder. Visitors do not need a doctor’s not.
Murphy said testing is available for anyone that wants to get a test as officials encourage more people to get the test. She says the goal is 750 tests a day.
Another drive-thru testing site opens in Peoria on Saturday.