COVID-19 Testing Information

COVID-19 Testing Information: January 2022
Posted on 01/21/2022
Below is a list of frequently asked questions and their answers, regarding COVID-19 testing.

Free At-Home Testing & Masks

I heard that the CDC is offering free at-home tests to residents. How do I order my free at-home tests?
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of #4 free at-home tests from USPS.com. It has been announced that tests will begin shipping at the end of January. For updates or more information, visit www.covidtests.gov

I heard that the CDC will be distributing 3 free N95 masks per person. How do I get my free masks? 

The CDC has announced that they will be partnering with pharmacies and health centers to provide three free N95 masks to each person. Distribution locations have not yet been defined. At this time, the Village has not received notice that we will receive masks for distribution. 

The CDC maintains a list of Pharmacies Participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program on their website. As the mask distribution process unfolds, it is recommended that interested residents contact pharmacies or their health care providers directly to inquire about masks.

Drive-Through Race Track Testing by IDPH

What are the hours and days of the drive-through testing site at the race track?
This location is managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and is open for testing Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hours may change based on demand. Additional information may be found on the IDPH website

Do you need an appointment?
No appointment is necessary.

What Kind of Testing is Available?
PCR Testing

How long will it take to get the results back?
2-4 days based on testing capabilities. 

I have not received my results back yet.  How do I get my results?
Call 1-888-297-7208

Additional Testing Questions

Where should I get tested? 
According to Cook County Public Health, A variety of places offer walk-in and drive-thru (or mobile) testing for COVID-19. These include: 
  • Primary care providers – contact your primary care provider 
  • IDPH Community-Based Testing Sites. If you do not have health insurance COVID-19 testing is covered for all uninsured Illinois residents regardless of citizenship and immigration status through these free community-based testing sites.  
  • Pharmacies, such as CVS and Walgreens – visit websites for more information. Walgreens is offering free, contactless COVID-19 testing for patients ages 3 and up at select locations. Use the map on their website to find testing near you. 
What should I be aware of when it comes to potential COVID-19 scams? 
The Federal Trade Commission is warning individuals about how to avoid a COVID-19 scam. 
  • COVID-19 vaccines are free. If anyone charges you for help signing up or the shot itself - it's a scam. You also cannot purchase the COVID-19 vaccine anywhere. 
  • Don't share your information. Do not post your vaccination card to social media. Someone can use the information for identity theft. 
  • Be skeptical of anyone contacting you from the federal government. No agency will call, email or test demanding personal information, or money to get a vaccine certificate or passport
  • Check directly with the company requesting information. Don't rely on information from someone who calls, texts, or emails you out of the blue. 
  • Don't share your information with just anyone. That "real-looking" site could be scammers looking for your money or information. There is also no official plans to create a national vaccine verification app or certificate passport. If someone asks you for personal information or money to get a national vaccine certificate or passport - that's a scam. 
  • More information on how to avoid a scam
Should I have concerns about pop-up COVID-19 testing sites? 
The Illinois Attorney's General's Office has issued a press release with information encouraging Illinois residents to be cautious of pop-up COVID-19 testing sites. As the omicron variant continues to spread, increasing the number of positive COVID-19 cases throughout Illinois, guidance has been issued regarding “pop-up” COVID-19 testing sites and price gouging of at-home rapid tests. See Guidance from the Office of the Illinois Attorney General

How do I submit a complaint about a testing facility? 
Submit a consumer complaint online through the IL Attorney General’s Office Website, or call 800-386-5438. 

I’m elderly and can not leave my home. What are my options for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine? 
Please contact the Village's Health and Human Services Department directly at 847-368-5760.