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Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing to be offered on NIU's campus; volunteers sought for experimental test

DeKALB – The DeKalb County UNITES local small business task force announced free drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be offered 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 through Wednesday, Nov. 18 in the Anderson Hall parking lot on Northern Illinois University’s campus.

DeKalb County residents are welcome to join NIU students, faculty and staff for this free testing, according to a Tuesday news release from the task force. The test is performed with a nasal swab administered by a health professional and results will be given by the Illinois Department of Public Health via phone within 4 to 7 days.

Participants should enter from Kishwaukee Drive off Lucinda Avenue and exit onto Garden Road. Walk-ups also will be accommodated, per the news release.

NIU researchers also are asking for people to volunteer during the testing event for another optional COVID-19 test being developed. The new test involves a simple oral rinse, where participants will be handed a test tube filled with bottled water by a volunteer in appropriate personal protective equipment. Participants will gargle the water from the test tube for 30 seconds and then spit it back into the tube, seal the test tube and hand it back to the volunteer.

Those who participate in the experimental test will be asked to complete a consent form and provide basic demographic information. Those who take the optional test will not receive those results, since the experimental test is to validate.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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