A COVID-19 drive-through testing site opens tomorrow (Sept. 17) in Rock Island. The site will be available to Illinois residents from Thursday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 20. The site is at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

According to the Rock Island County Health Department's website, testing is available to any Illinois resident regardless of your symptoms. You don't need appointment or a doctor's referral at state-operated drive-through sites.

Bring your photo ID and contact information; they're required. Testing is free to everyone in Illinois, but those with medical insurance may be asked to provide their insurance card.

The RICHD website says anyone who will be tested must be seated at a functioning window. Once you get in line at the testing site, you will not be permitted to exit your car. Walk-up testing services also will be offered; please follow directions at the test site.

Lines have been known to be long, but be patient. The testing is completed very quickly.

The health department suggests you get tested of you have these symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. For additional information about COVID-19 symptoms, use the CDC Symptom Self-Checker Tool.

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