(Champaign, Danville, Mattoon, Olney, Ill) – After several weeks of a steady decline in usage at the Carle drive-thru testing sites, the organization will close these locations to redirect staff to areas of more critical need Monday, March 28, 2022.
Exposed and 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. Those in the Olney area can visit the Olney Community College or schedule a test at a local retail pharmacy. If a patient would like to be evaluated by a provider, they should contact their doctor’s office. Testing in the Bloomington-Normal region will continue with current processes.
Drive-thru testing sites were created to offer mass testing for symptomatic, exposed and pre-procedural community members throughout the pandemic. They helped facilitate nearly 25,000 COVID-19 tests throughout the region and were operated by dedicated staff, even through challenging circumstances and weather. As the level of transmission in the area continues to decline, Carle is encouraged at the limited need of these testing sites.
“We are so grateful for the commitment of Carle team members who helped provide an essential service to the community throughout the pandemic,” Lesly Whitlow, vice president of Primary Care said. “The availability of our drive-thru testing sites helped Carle meet the testing demand during the height of the pandemic. We are prepared to scale operations back up if transmission levels increase and will always be prepared to serve the needs of our communities. ”
Patients preparing for a medical procedure in the Champaign-Urbana region in need of a test should make an appointment with your surgeon’s office at any of the two, dedicated pre-procedural COVID-19 testing sites at Carle at The Fields Medical Office Building or Carle Foundation Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute to receive a test. Those preparing for procedure and in need of a test in the Olney region should contact their provider to order a test nearby.
Community members will continue to not receive a bill for a COVID-19 test. If a provider evaluation is received prior to testing, that visit will be charged as a typical provider visit.