Health officials say not to use hospitals for COVID asymptomatic testing

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Champaign-Urbana Public Health District recently posted to Facebook, asking people not to use Carle, OSF, Christie or Promise Healthcare for COVID asymptomatic testing.

Health officials said at this moment, people who should go to these healthcare locations for COVID testing are only the ones with symptoms, have a high-risk exposure or are directed there by a healthcare provider.

According to officials, others should use the Market Place Mall testing site, SHIELD-CU sites (the Stephens Family YMCA, CRCE on the U of I campus, or Parkland College in Building E), The Free Rapid Test site at southeast corner of Springfield & Duncan or Campustown Urgent Care at Wright and Green.

They explained that this change is an effort to preserve healthcare resources for more important needs.


Kirby Medical Center (KMC) in Monticello recently posted to Facebook, letting people know that the hospital will not provide COVID testing for asymptomatic and close-contact patients due to the rise in COVID numbers. 

Health officials at KMC also said they will not provide confirmation testing for positive at-home tests.

Anyone who receives a negative test from Kirby Medical Center need to wait at least two to three days to receive another test if they are still symptomatic.

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