GODFREY-Drive-through COVID-19 testing will return to Godfrey next week, but is moving to a new location – Lewis and Clark Community College.
The Illinois Department of Public Health testing unit will be set up on the Hatheway 4 parking lot on the college’s Godfrey Campus, 5800 Godfrey Road.
Testing will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, and Tuesday, Oct. 20. All vehicles should access the test site via the campus north entrance (near the security building) and proceed to the designated parking area where the vehicle waiting line will form.
- This is a drive-up test, face coverings are still required.
- This test is open to the public, there is no out-of-pocket expense.
- Please bring a photo ID and have a valid phone number so you can be contacted.
- Testing available to adults and children older than 6 months.
- Testing is done using a shallow nose swab.
- Results are obtained within one week (because of lab delays).
Testing usually takes place behind the Godfrey Village Hall at the substation, but amid concerns of traffic congestion and confusion with limited space and early voting starting that same day, Mayor Mike McCormick reached out to Godfrey’s largest community partner, Lewis and Clark Community College, to see if the school’s leaders would be willing to serve as an alternate test site.
“Immediately the L&C administration responded that they were ready to help, and met with us at the proposed test site on campus,” Village Public Safety Administrator Chris Sichra stated. “We had an operations plan mapped out within two hours of the request.”
L&C President Dr. Ken Trzaska stressed the importance of the college being a good community partner.
“Being a solid and dependable community partner and advocate is core to our mission and purpose at Lewis and Clark,” he said. “We are pleased to serve in a capacity to provide a space for COVID testing on campus.”
The Madison County Health Department has developed multiple partnerships with IDPH, the Village of Godfrey and Lewis and Clark Community College to ensure vulnerable populations are connected with community-based testing services that are easily accessible for residents of Madison County.
For more information, contact the Madison County Health Department at www.madisonchd.org.