300 people tested for COVID-19 at new drive-through site in Wheaton

  • The DuPage County COVID-19 testing site was in full swing Tuesday as people showed up early to get tested for free at the fairgrounds in Wheaton.

      The DuPage County COVID-19 testing site was in full swing Tuesday as people showed up early to get tested for free at the fairgrounds in Wheaton. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, or until testing capacity is reached, at the new COVID-19 facility that opened Tuesday in Wheaton.

      Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, or until testing capacity is reached, at the new COVID-19 facility that opened Tuesday in Wheaton. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The DuPage County COVID-19 testing site was in full swing Monday as people showed up early to get tested for free. An instructor is handed a sample through the window of a van of seven people, including young kids, who were tested for the virus.

      The DuPage County COVID-19 testing site was in full swing Monday as people showed up early to get tested for free. An instructor is handed a sample through the window of a van of seven people, including young kids, who were tested for the virus. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Sample instructor Jae Vyskocio of Geneva talks to drivers about instructions for self-administering nasal swabs at the DuPage County COVID-19 testing site in Wheaton.

      Sample instructor Jae Vyskocio of Geneva talks to drivers about instructions for self-administering nasal swabs at the DuPage County COVID-19 testing site in Wheaton. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Three hundred people were tested Tuesday at the new testing site at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton. The facility can handle as many as 400 tests a day.

      Three hundred people were tested Tuesday at the new testing site at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton. The facility can handle as many as 400 tests a day. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 6/16/2020 6:43 PM

A new COVID-19 testing site opened Tuesday at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton with more than 200 vehicles driving through in a span of eight hours.

The first day of operations collected samples from 300 people in 218 vehicles checking to see whether they currently have the coronavirus, according to DuPage County Health Department spokesman Don Bolger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The site has the capacity to conduct 400 tests a day. DuPage residents can access it through the main entrance of the county government complex off County Farm Road. The Manchester Road entrance will stay closed.

Residents don't need an appointment, doctor referral or insurance to receive a free test. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, or until testing capacity is reached.

"Anyone can be tested regardless of whether they have symptoms or not," DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said during a county board meeting last week.

All the tests are self-administered. Testing personnel give each person a nasal swab and directions through their car window. They then must swab their own nose without leaving their vehicle.

The county opened the site as DuPage has recorded 8,501 confirmed cases and at least 431 deaths from COVID-19.

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