Information on COVID-19

COVID-19 Information (What is it? Can I get it? What can I do?)

About COVID-19 Testing 

At this time, IDPH recommends against testing people with mild illness who can be safely managed at home, unless a diagnosis may impact patient management. This will minimize possible exposures to healthcare workers, patients and the public, and reduce the demand for personal protective equipment. 

Should I get tested for COVID-19?

The highest priority for testing is hospitalized patients and symptomatic health care workers.

  • If you are at higher risk (over age 60 and/or have an underlying health condition), contact your healthcare provider to discuss whether to take any special precautions and what to do if sick.
  • If you are under 60 years old and your symptoms are mild, please stay home and follow the 3 C’s above. Contact your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns.

It’s important that we follow these testing guidelines to protect healthcare workers and avoid spreading the virus in our communities. We want to make sure those at higher risk of severe illness are prioritized for testing and that they can receive the medical care they need.  We ask those who have mild symptoms to stay home so the health care system is not overwhelmed. Not everyone who is infected with novel coronavirus needs medical treatment. Not everyone who becomes ill needs a test. 

Where are testing sites located and who is eligible for testing?

Search a map of testing sites with drive-up locations that first responders, heath care workers, people over 65, and people with underlying conditions can go to get screened and tested if they have symptoms. First responders and health care workers must bring identification proving their employment in order to be tested. Family members are not eligible for testing at these sites.

How can I get my test results?

To get test results from drive-thru locations in Joliet, Northlake, Bolingbrook or Chicago/Forest Preserves Drive, go to to set up an account. Your results will be available online for at least 4-5 days. For more info call 866-697-8378.

COVID-19 Help (Social Services):

Cook County Public Health COVID-19 hotline 708-633-3319