LAKE ZURICH, Ill. – Cars began lining up before the 9 a.m. start time yesterday for free COVID-19 tests at Lake Zurich High School, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health. With only two medical professionals to swab patients in their cars, lines remained long all day until the 5 p.m. closing.
Testers asked residents to remain in their cars with the windows up while they waited.
The free mobile test site was part of an immediate response to news that several Lake Zurich students tested positive for COVID-19 last week, according to the Illinois Department of Public health.
Last week, the Lake County Health Department began working closely with Lake Zurich High School after multiple cases were identified among participants on the first day of sports camp. The department is also working with Vernon Hills High School after an individual with COVID-19 was identified this week. At the recommendation of public health officials, Lake Zurich District 95 has suspended athletic camps until further notice.
“During our case investigations, we are finding that many young people who attended social gatherings with their friends have become infected with COVID-19,” said Dr. Sana Ahmed, Medical Epidemiologist for the Lake County Health Department.
“Youth are just as likely as adults to get and spread this virus, and your risk is higher if you and those you spend time with are not following social distancing, handwashing, and masking guidelines. We ask that everyone continue to take these risks seriously and contact the Health Department if you think you have been exposed. We need your help to keep this virus under control.”
The mobile test site will return on Sunday, July 19, for anyone experiencing symptoms or anyone who believes he or she may have been exposed to COVID-19. Only a photo ID is required to receive the test, as well as a phone number to receive results by phone.
“Time is of the essence. We are recommending that any Lake Zurich community members who may have been exposed, regardless of age, get tested,” said Dr. Sana Ahmed, Medical Epidemiologist at the Lake County Health Department. “This will help us identify positive cases and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.” Testing is free and open to all. According to the Lake County Health Department, you do not need to be a student, faculty, staff, or family member to get tested. A phone number and name are required in order to receive testing results. Photo identification and proof of insurance are helpful, but not required.