LINCOLN SQUARE — Swedish Hospital now is offering free drive-thru COVID-19 testing.
Drive-thru tests are available via appointment and only after a person’s symptoms are evaluated by one of Swedish’s clinical experts, according to a flyer posted to the hospital’s Facebook page Wednesday.
“We began rolling this out last week and are now trying to get the word out to the community about this resource,” said Bill Ligas, a spokesperson for Swedish.
There are two ways to get assessed: Either by calling Swedish at 773-907-7700 or by completing an online screening. Interpretive services are available in many languages, including in Spanish and Polish.
Anyone experiencing the following symptoms, or who has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 while at home or at work is being asked to take the assessment, according to the flyer.
• Loss or decrease of sense of smell or taste
• Fever — a temperature of 100° F or higher
• Runny nose
• Sore throat
• Shortness of breath
• Flu-like body aches
Once someone’s symptoms are evaluated, one of Swedish’s clinical experts may recommend testing at the drive-thru site at 5140 N. California Ave., which is open by appointment only.
The testing and follow-up care is free for uninsured people thanks to the hospital’s financial assistance and charity program. Those with insurance will not be responsible for out-of-pocket costs related to the testing, hospital officials said.
The purpose of drive-thru testing is purely to screen for COVID-19. Drive-thru testing does not replace the need for professional evaluation of symptoms, hospital officials said.
Those experiencing symptoms should continue to consult their primary care provider for further management, or contact Swedish to establish care with a new primary care provider, hospital officials recommend.
As of Monday, state data have recorded 1,432 tests and 453 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the 60625 area code, which includes Swedish Hospital, and parts of Lincoln Square, Ravenswood Manor, Albany Park, North Park, and Bowmanville.
Gov. JB Pritzker announced Sunday the state continued to meet its goal of testing at least 10,000 people a day for coronavirus, with 13,335 more tests administered.
On Friday, Pritkzer announced Illinois surpassed its 10,000 test goal for the first time, with 16,124 tests carried out in a 24-hour period.
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