S7HD hosts mobile COVID-19 testing in Pope and Pulaski Counties

S7HD hosts mobile COVID-19 testing in Pope and Pulaski Counties
Saliva testing for COVID-19 (Source: Sara Pack/MUSC)

POPE & PULASKI COUNTIES, Ill. (KFVS) - The Southern Seven Health Department is hosting a Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) COVID-19 Mobile Testing Unit in Pope and Pulaski Counties.

The testing will be held at the Southern Seven Head Start, at 4115 Sycamore St. #B, Cairo, Ill. on Sept. 26, and the Pope County State’s Attorney’s office at 226 E. Main Street, Golconda, Ill. on Sept. 27.

Both testing sites will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for drive thru service.

“Over the past month, we have witnessed a steady increase in COVID-19 positive cases in counties that have been able to keep their case numbers low” said Shawnna Rhine, Community Outreach Coordinator for S7HD. “Further testing in those communities could give us a clearer picture of the actual and potential number of positive cases, and help to slow the spread of this deadly disease.”

Anyone needing a COVID-19 test, even those without symptoms, can be tested without an appointment or doctor’s referral.

The test is free regardless of insurance. Those with insurance are asked to bring their insurance card.

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