Knox Co. launches curbside COVID-19 testing site

KNOX CO., Ill. (NEWS3) — A new coronavirus testing site is open to the public in the area.

The Knox Community Health Center, located at 1361 W. Fremont St. in Galesburg, is now offering curbside testing for COVID-19, but patients must meet certain criteria.

Officials said the testing is only available by appointment for patients experiencing symptoms of a fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, loss of taste and smell, extreme fatigue, headaches or muscle aches.

Knox County health staff also said testing is now available for people who have COVID-19 symptoms or with risk factors, such as having contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19 or a compromised immune system or a serious chronic medical condition.

Officials advise patients to contact their medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Knox County officials is also offering coronavirus testing for those with or without symptoms in the following occupations:

  •  Health care facility
  • Correctional facilities, such as jails or prisons
  • First responders, such as paramedics, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement officers or firefighters
  • Support critical infrastructure, such as workers in grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, gas stations, public utilities, factories, childcare and sanitation.

Appointments for the curbside testing can only be arranged Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or wish to be tested can schedule an appointment by calling the Knox Community Health Center at 309-344-2225.

Knox County currently has 42 positive, 290 negative and 120 pending coronavirus tests.