Link floorWAUKEGAN – Waukegan’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing site is reopening Thursday in a new location, State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) announced.

“I’m glad to see that this critical testing service is available once again for area residents who suspect they may have been exposed to COVID-19,” Link said. “It remains essential that we continue to test for this virus to understand its presence in Lake County and throughout the state. If you’re experiencing symptoms or may have come in contact with COVID-19, I encourage you to stop by and get tested.”

The testing site has moved from its location on Northwestern Avenue in order to allow vehicle emissions testing to resume at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s facility there. It is now located at 102 W. Water St.

Testing will be available from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily while supplies last.

All individuals experiencing COVID-like symptoms are encouraged to seek testing. Testing is also available for the following individuals regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms:

  • Health care workers
  • First responders
  • Employees of correctional facilities
  • Individuals exposed to confirmed COVID-19 patients
  • Employees that support critical infrastructure (grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, restaurants, public utilities, factories, childcare and sanitation)
  • All local and state government employees
  • Individuals with compromised immune systems or chronic medical conditions

People seeking tests must be seated at a functioning window and are not permitted to exit their vehicles for the safety of testing personnel. Testing is free, but individuals will be asked to show photo identification and a health care employee or first responder identification, if applicable. 

For a full list of testing sites in Illinois and for contact information and guidelines on eligibility for testing, visit

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