Urgent Care offers drive-up clinic for COVID-19 testing

Health

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — CampusTown Urgent Care will test anyone who wants to be tested for coronavirus starting Wednesday.

Dr. Tom Pliura said anyone with mild, severe or no symptoms can get checks. Right now, they have 8,000 test kits.

The clinic will have drive-up testing in the First Christian Church parking lot. That is at Curtis and South Staley Road in Champaign. They are open from 9-5 p.m. on weekdays and 9-3 p.m. on Saturdays. Officials said they think they will be able to test about 300-400 people a day.

There won’t be an out-of-pocket cost to have a test done, but you are asked to bring your insurance card and photo ID. Dr. Pliura says they will bill the insurance company, but if you do not have the ability to pay, he said he would write off the charge.

CampusTown Urgent Care is working with two private labs — Quest and LabCorp. They said they are following all FDA and CDC guidelines for COVID-19 testing. You can pre-register for the drive up clinic at http://covidtest.center/

We asked the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District about this clinic. CUPHD said it will follow up with anyone who tests positive, but this clinic was not recommended by them. Administrator Julie Pryde said, “The Illinois Department of Public Health puts out guidelines and providers work together to follow those.” She said there is no guidance for testing anyone who wants it regardless of symptoms.

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