CHICAGO — The state and city shut down government-run testing sites for coronavirus due to looting and vandalism in Chicago.
All of the 10 state-run testing sites were shut down Monday, and the city shut down its testing sites as well, said a spokeswoman for the governor’s office. Officials are going “day by day” to evaluate when they’ll reopen the sites.
“It’s one of the unfortunate consequences” of what’s happening in the city, said Gov. JB Pritzker during a Monday press conference. “We can’t have Guardsmen out there unprotected, providing the testing.”
The state’s testing sites had been operated with members of the National Guard, who have done a good job, Pritzker said. In recent weeks, the state’s testing numbers have risen sharply.
“But, unfortunately, this situation … has forced us to shut down some of those [sites] temporarily,” Pritzker said.
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