Free COVID Testing Available This Weekend in Washington

Nov 17, 2020

The Tazewell County Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health are opening a temporary mobile COVID-19 test site this weekend  in Washington.

Sara Sparkman, communications manager at the Tazewell County Health Department, said the agency has concluded another testing site is needed in the area as new COVID cases continue to surge.

"The health department requested it to be in Washington just because the majority of testing in our Tri-County area is in Peoria," she said. "And so we were looking towards expanding more towards the north side of Tazewell County, and also able to be accessed by Woodford County, as well."

The agencies  are partnering with Washington Community High School to host the testing site in the school parking lot on It will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 21-22.

The pop-up testing site will be available for all individuals--not just residents of Tazewell County.

Sparkman urges individuals who do choose to get tested to quarantine while awaiting test results.

"One of the things we're finding and we would like to correct are people are getting tested and just continue to go to work live their lives," she said. "And unfortunately, if you've been tested and you don't have the results, that's when you're exposing other people."

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