The state is expanding the number and locations of free mobile COVID-19 testing sites at Metro Transit Centers in St. Clair County.
The Illinois Department of Public Health initially scheduled mobile COVID-19 testing at the Emerson Park Transit Center in East St. Louis for every Wednesday in March. Now the IDPH will bring mobile COVID-19 testing to the Emerson Park Transit Center every Monday and Wednesday in March and mobile COVID-19 testing will be offered at the Belleville Transit Center on Thursdays this month. The free testing will be available from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. or until the daily supplies run out. There are no residency or insurance restrictions. All are welcome.
Emerson Park Transit Center (shown) is located at 929 N. 15th St., East St. Louis.
Belleville Transit Center is at 800 Scheel St., Belleville.
The mobile testing sites will accommodate anyone who walks up or drives-through the Park-Ride lots at the two transit centers on the select dates. More than 800 parking spaces are available at the Emerson Park Transit Center. It is served by MetroLink; the No. 6 Rosemont, No. 8 Alta Sita and 9 Washington Park MetroBus routes; and the No. 5 Tri-City Regional, No. 18 Collinsville Regional, No. 14X Highland Express and No. 20X Gateway Commerce Center Express bus routes from Madison County Transit.
Nearly 300 parking spaces are available at the Belleville Transit Center served by MetroLink and the No. 1 Main Street – State Street, No. 15 Belleville-Shiloh/O’Fallon, No. 16 St. Clair Square, and No. 17 Carlyle Plaza-17th Street MetroBus routes.
Simple nasal swabs are utilized for the free COVID-19 tests and participants will receive their results over the phone within four to seven days. Individuals who have medical coverage should bring their insurance cards. Uninsured residents will have the same opportunity to be tested. Information about other Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 testing sites in the East St. Louis area can be found online at DPH.ILLINOIS.GOV/COVID19.