Tips about pop-up COVID-19 testing sites

Submitted by City of Prospect Heights
Posted1/21/2022 10:44 AM

Local "pop up" testing sites can be a convenient way to get tested for COVID-19, but the city of Prospect Heights advises you to exercise caution when choosing where you test, as they may not be licensed or regulated by any government agency.

When a testing site applies to operate in Prospect Heights, the following criteria is used to determine the appropriateness of the application. The city has defined these testing facilities as "Medical Use."


• The property has to be zoned for medical use.

• Applicant has to apply for a business license.

• The sponsoring test lab has to provide documentation that they are either CDC or state of Illinois approved and provide a principal contact.

• Provide a verification letter that the applicant is working for the lab and has passed a training course provided by the lab.

• Provide a signed lease from the property owner.

• Pass an occupancy inspection.

• Receive a sign permit prior to installing any signage.

• There is not another testing facility on the same property.

You should be cautious when choosing where to get tested to protect yourself from possible fraud. If you need to get tested for COVID-19, consider the following tips:

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• Use state-sponsored testing sites found on the Illinois Department of Public Health website,

• Legitimate testing sites often ask for insurance information and a state-issued ID. If you are not comfortable providing this information, ask to get the test without providing it.

• Do not respond to unsolicited text messages, emails or calls about COVID-19 testing.

• Do not pay for your test. Legitimate testing sites will not request payment.

If you believe a testing site is fraudulent, you can report it on the Illinois Attorney General's website at

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