Chestnut Health Systems announced it is partnering with the McLean County Health Department to expand COVID-19 testing into rural McLean County, Illinois by offering 10 mobile testing sites in Colfax, LeRoy, and Heyworth during the next two months. Funding comes from a $2.8 million state grant, which also is covering increased contact tracing, meaning interviews with and advice for people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Nine health department employees staffed the test site, taking down visitor information, instructing them on how to do the nasal self-swab test, then collecting the specimens and placing them in a cooler in a Chestnut mobile testing unit. The unit is used to transport supplies to and from testing sites. Reditus Laboratories will test the specimens at its laboratory in Pekin and will report results to the health department, which intends to inform test site visitors of their results within four to seven working days.
Chestnut Health Systems is a non-profit organization that has cared since 1973 for persons needing behavioral health services. Chestnut provides addiction treatment, mental health counseling, primary health care, credit counseling, and housing and supportive services. It is a leader in addiction-related research.
This was reported by The Pantagraph on July 24, 2020.
Contact information: Lori Laughlin, Director of Marketing and Communications, Chestnut Health Systems, 1003 Martin Luther King Drive, Bloomington, Illinois 61701; 309-820-3814; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.chestnut.org