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Will County Health Center to offer more free COVID-19 testing for public

Medical professionals can be seen administering COVID-19 tests to students an faculty of Lewis University on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Romeoville, Ill.
Medical professionals can be seen administering COVID-19 tests to students an faculty of Lewis University on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Romeoville, Ill.

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Will County residents will have more opportunities to get tested for COVID-19 for free in the coming weeks.

The Will County Health Center has been offering free testing for the public at several locations around the county throughout the pandemic.

The testing sites will be open to the public for walk-ins only between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the designated dates, unless otherwise stated. Members of the public looking to get tested are asked to bring a photo ID and their insurance card, if they have one. Insurance is not required to get a test.

Those tested will not receive a bill and the health center will not collect money at these locations. For those with insurance, a small administrative fee will be billed directly to their insurance for the cost of processing the sample.

Testing will take place at the village of Shorewood building, located at 1 Towne Center Blvd., on Thursday.

The Joliet Park District building at 3000 W. Jefferson St. will also host testing on Sept. 8 and Sept. 22.

Health center workers will also be testing at the Daybreak Center, located at 611 Cass St. in Joliet, starting at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9 and Sept. 23.

Testing will also be held at the Will County Office Building located at 302 N. Chicago St. in Joliet on Sept. 16.

The center will also be testing at the First Baptist Church of University Park, located at 450 University Parkway on Sept. 24.

On Sept. 30, the health center will offer testing at the Shiloh Baptist Church, located at 18101 W. Oak Ave. in Lockport.

The Will County Health Department will also continue to offer weekly testing opportunities at its other facilities in the northern and eastern parts of the county.

Testing will be available at the health department's Bolingbrook branch, 323 Quadrangle Drive, on Fridays, including this Friday.

There will also be testing on Mondays at the health department's Monee branch, located at 5601 Monee-Manhattan Road, including next Monday.

The health center has also been providing testing at congregate settings around the county. Most recently, health center workers have been traveling to colleges around the county to test students and staff there, including the University of St. Francis in Joliet and Governors State University in University Park, this week.

Testing will also be available at Lewis University in Romeoville later in September, again only for students and staff at the school.

For more information and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Will County, visit willcountyhealth.org.

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