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The state’s mobile testing unit for COVID-19 will be coming to the College of Lake County in Grayslake and Grant High School in Fox Lake.

A mobile testing unit managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health will be stationed at the College of Lake County, 19351 West Washington Street in Grayslake, on December 5 and 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The unit will also be at the Grant Community High School South Lot, 285 Grand Avenue in Fox Lake, on December 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“First and foremost, we want our residents to focus on prevention this holiday weekend and avoid close contact with people from other households,” said Mark Pfister, Executive Director at the Lake County Health Department.

“If you consistently follow the 3 Ws—Wear a mask, Wash your hands, Watch your distance—and avoid gatherings, you can keep yourself and your family safe and help slow the spread of COVID-19. Following these simple steps will lower your risks of needing testing in the first place,” Pfister said.

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Lake County reported a total of 32,893 COVID-19 cases and 587 deaths on Tuesday since the pandemic began. The recovery rate is 96.7% in the county, health officials said.

Those utilizing drive-thru testing must be seated in their car. All testing sites will also accommodate walk-up individuals.

There are also state-run community-based testing sites located at 102 West Water Street in Waukegan, 2000 West Euclid Avenue in Arlington Heights, and 1601 Parkview Avenue in Rockford, which are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Testing at these sites is free and more information is available on the IDPH website.

Health officials warned that if you are told to quarantine for 14 days due to potential exposure to an infected person, a negative test result does not shorten your quarantine period.

“The virus can take up to 14 days to be detectable in the body by a test, so it is important to continue the quarantine period through 14 days while monitoring for symptoms,” health officials said.

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