Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing

Have you been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, need a return-to-work or school test or do you have any of the following symptoms?
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills and/or repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell

 

If so, you can get tested at one of our drive-thru testing locations. The cost of the test is covered by the CARES Act.

You do not need to be an HSHS Medical Group patient to be tested.
Online registration required.

How to Register for Your Test

1. Register for MyChart
2. Log into MyChart
3. Complete the COVID-19 Test/Symptom Checker
4. Select the nearest testing location
5. Select an appointment date/time
6. Arrive at the location at your scheduled appointment time

Testing sites are a service of HSHS Medical Group and are located off-site from local HSHS hospitals. Drive-thru testing is not available to pre-surgical patients.

Anyone experiencing severe and life-threatening COVID-19 symptoms (difficulty breathing, cannot drink or eat or seriously ill) should call 911.

If their symptoms are not life-threatening, and the person prefers to  travel to an emergency room on their own, they should call the hospital prior to their arrival to explain their symptoms. This will provide the emergency department time to prepare for their arrival and be sure others in the area will be protected from the potential spread of infectious disease.

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Novel Coronavirus

If Your Result Is POSITIVE

If you live with or were exposed to someone who tested positive and are now positive yourself, you should isolate even if not showing symptoms because you could still have and be spreading the virus.

Follow These Steps if You Have Tested Positive

  • Wear a mask to reduce the chances of infecting others.
  • Isolate yourself at home and from others in your household. Stay in a separate bedroom, use a separate bathroom and do your best not to come into contact with others. Those who live with you should also remain in social isolation, and if they begin having symptoms, they should call their primary care doctor to be assessed.
  • If your symptoms worsen, call your doctor’s office. If you do not have a primary care doctor, please call our patient advocate at 833-973-0343 for help finding a doctor who best fits your unique needs.
  • If you have trouble breathing, call 911 for help and alert the dispatcher that you have tested positive for COVID-19.

Treat symptoms by:

  • Drinking a lot of fluids/water.
  • Getting as much rest as you can.
  • Using acetaminophen as needed for fever or pain.

Your local health department will contact you regarding your positive test result. They will let you know when you may resume daily activities.

CDC Criteria Before Leaving Isolation

  • Isolate yourself for a minimum of 10 days from the first day of your symptoms.
  • You must be free from fever for at least 24 hours without using any fever-reducing medications like acetaminophen.
  • Your symptoms are improving.

Continue to Follow These Directions:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Do not share personal items (dishes, toothpaste, towels, bedding).
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Once you have recovered, maintain social distancing. Stay at least six feet away from others.

Results may take up to one week and will be available through MyChart.

Log in to MyChart Here

If your symptoms worsen, please call your health care provider for guidance. If you have other questions, please contact your local health department.

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Novel Coronavirus

If Your Result Is NEGATIVE

If You Were Tested Because You Came in Contact with a Person Who Tested Positive

Even though your test came back negative, stay home and isolate yourself based on your local health department’s instructions. This is important because you may not be showing symptoms and could still have and be spreading the virus. It takes 2 – 14 days for symptoms to appear, and you could still become positive.

If You Were Tested Because of a Personal Concern

  • A negative test does not mean with 100% certainty that you are indeed negative. Continue precautions and consult a provider if you develop symptoms.

If You Were Tested Because You Are Not Feeling Well

  • Wear a mask to reduce the chances of infecting others.
Treat symptoms by:
  • Drinking a lot of fluids/water.
  • Getting as much rest as you can.
  • Using acetaminophen as needed for fever or pain.
Treat symptoms until:
  • You are fever free for at least 24 hours without using any fever-reducing medications such as acetaminophen.
  • Your symptoms are improving.

If your symptoms get worse, call your doctor’s office. If you do not have a primary care doctor, please call our patient advocate at 833-973-0343 for help finding a doctor who best fits your unique needs.

Continue to Follow These Directions

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Do not share personal items (dishes, toothpaste, towels, bedding).
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

Results may take up to one week and will be available through MyChart.

Log in to MyChart Here

If your symptoms worsen, please call your health care provider for guidance. If you have other questions, please contact your local health department.

PATIENT-FIRST CARE

At HSHS Medical Group, our promise is to provide patient-first care. By choosing HSHS Medical Group, you have access to a full range of primary care, specialists and HSHS hospitals throughout central and southern Illinois.

 

To learn more about HSHS Medical Group visit us at: hshsmedicalgroup.org