Community-Based COVID-19 Testing Sites to End Operations March 31

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today that in response to a sharp drop in the demand for COVID-19 testing services at the ten Community-Based Testing Sites (including Champaign) and the anticipated end of federal funding, operations at the locations will end on March 31. See full press release below.

Find SHIELD testing sites here (open to all regardless of symptoms, appointment not required):


  • Today from Carle: Starting Monday, March 28, the Carle COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites in Champaign, Danville, Mattoon and Olney will close. After weeks of low transmission rates and usage in the region, Carle team members will be redeployed to areas of greater need. Link to announcement: 
    • Exposed or symptomatic community members in the Champaign-Urbana region can still receive a COVID-19 test by calling the COVID-19 Hotline at (217) 902-6100 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. to register for a test and instruction for the closest testing location. 
    • Patients preparing for a procedure in need of a test should contact their provider’s office for next steps.
  • Today from Parkland: starting next Monday, March 28, Parkland College will discontinue the COVID-19 entry checking system, and will reopen all entrances to campus facilities. You will not be expected to use the Safer Community app. We will continue to serve as a SHIELD-CU testing site, which will expand its hours to include Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are still required at the E building testing location. We appreciate your patience and partnership in helping us keep our community safe throughout the past two years.

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