EDWARDSVILLE — Officials announced Madison County would roll out mobile COVID-19 testing starting next week.
“We will be setting up mobile testing sites as early as next week,” Director of Public Health Toni Corona said.
Chairman Kurt Prenzler announced during the County Board meeting that the county had been working on a plan this past week to increase the availability of testing for the underserved, low-income and minority communities.
He said County Board member Ray Wesley of Godfrey, and chair of the Health Department Committee, and Corona worked together with Southern Illinois Health Care Foundation, SIU School of Medicine and Lewis and Clark Community College to bring the program forward.
“We received confirmation (Wednesday) afternoon that the mobile COVID-19 testing unit can travel to underserved areas in the county, and do drive-through or walk-up testing,” Prenzler said. “We need to do all we can to support such a program as it will help those who are underserved.”
Corona said that SIHF is set to start in Alton next week. She said that in the near future the testing would expand into other communities such and Madison, Venice and Collinsville.
Prenzler said Dr. Jerry Kruse, who is the dean of the SIU School of Medicine, offered to train staff and volunteers for the mobile testing unit and L&C offered to lend its mobile health unit.
“I think this is truly a win-win for our county,” Prenzler said.
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