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Pritzker announces new drive-thru testing sites

In an effort to achieve widespread testing, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday afternoon two new drive-thru testing sites in Aurora and Rockford, which can test hundreds in a day.The Aurora facility at Chicago Premium Outlet, located at 1650 Premium Outlet Blvd., can test up to 600 specimens a day. The Rockford facility at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford, located at 1601 Parkview Ave., will open on Friday and can take up to 500 specimens a day.Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms can be tested without a doctor’s order, Pritzker said.With now five drive-thru testing locations in Illinois, about 2,900 tests per day can be completed.

The governor also announced the effort to get more personal protective equipment.He has sent out 7 million surgical masks, nearly 1.7 million N95 masks, over 30,000 gowns, 6.4 million gloves and 350,000 faceshields to locations all across the state of Illinois.The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 2,049 new cases and 98 deaths in Illinois. There are now a total of 35,108 total cases and 1,565 deaths.As of Tuesday, 4,665 people in Illinois were hospitalized with COVID-19 and 1,220 were in the ICU. Of those in the ICU, 747 were on ventilators.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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