Center to serve as the first community based testing site to offer drive-through and walk-up testing services
A COVID-19 testing facility will open in East St. Louis on Wednesday, May 6, with drive-through and walk-up services, the state has announced.
Similar to the six additional community based testing sites throughout the state, this service at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center will be open seven days a week to test individuals with COVID-19 symptoms and those who support critical services.
“By bringing COVID-19 testing into communities free of charge, we are to make testing more readily available and easier to access,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Testing is essential to identify the prevalence of virus circulating in our communities. Through widespread testing, we can make science-based decisions that will help us end this pandemic.”
“Making sure the citizens in East St. Louis and the surrounding communities receive the necessary resources to access testing and treatment has remained a priority for me during this pandemic,” said state Rep. LaToya Greenwood, a Democrat who represents the area. “What we do today will absolutely impact our future, including how many people get sick, how many people are able to recover in the coming weeks, and how many people will lose their lives. We must continue to be diligent about adhering to the governor’s stay-at-home order, social distancing, and washing our hands.”
“Testing and contract tracing has proven to be an effective way to slow the spread of this highly contagious virus. This additional site is a welcome addition to St. Clair County,” said Mark Kern, St Clair County Board chairman.
“We are doing everything we can to help the surrounding community during this hard time. We know that testing is a critically important part of the pandemic response and that’s why I am excited about the new testing center. St. Clair County and the City of East St. Louis will continue to partner together to provide testing in order to prevent further infection,” said East St. Louis Mayor Robert Eastern III.
The testing site at the Jackie Joyner Kersee Community Center provides a unique opportunity to expand testing availability in the Metro-East, thanks in large part to the accessibility of public transportation. Metro provides regional transportation options, by MetroBus, MetroLink and Metro Call-A-Ride, with multiple hourly stops at the Jackie Joyner Kersee Community Center seven days a week.
“Testing is knowledge and we stand ready to provide a convenient transportation option to the JJK Center at this critical time in our region,” said Taulby Roach, president and CEO of Bi-State Development. “To protect passengers and drivers on MetroLink and MetroBus vehicles, we have implemented numerous measures including rigorous daily deep cleanings, installing polycarbonate shields around all operator cabs on buses, asking riders to wear masks that cover their mouths and noses, and providing drivers with masks, gloves and other sanitizing materials.”
All individuals with symptoms are encouraged to seek testing at these Community Based Testing Sites. Additional accommodations have been made for the following individuals with or without COVID-like symptoms.
• Healthcare workers
• First Responders
• Employees of Correctional Facilities
• Individuals exposed to confirmed COVID-19 patients
• Employees that support Critical Infrastructure (grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, gas stations, public utilities, factories, childcare and sanitation)
• Individuals with compromised immune systems, chronic medical conditions
Definition of Symptoms
-Fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell
You can also get your COVID-19 questions answered at any time of day by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-889-3931