The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) currently recommends testing for anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, has been in close contact with someone ill, or has recently engaged in a high risk activity, such as attending a large gathering or crowded space.
Residents are encouraged to first call their primary care provider if they want a test. Residents are best served when they are tested by their health care provider, because their health care provider is familiar with their medical history and can provide counseling that helps them understand exactly what their test result means, can evaluate their health, and consider testing for other conditions that might cause similar symptoms, like flu.
Residents who don’t have a health care provider can use the City of Chicago’s interactive testing map to find a testing site nearby. Residents can also access testing and primary care services at community health centers, even if they do not have a health insurance provider. Community health centers provide services regardless of patients’ immigration status and charge for services on a sliding fee scale. No patient will be turned away because of inability to pay.
The City’s community-based testing sites also remain open to all people living in Chicago. However, due to an increase in patient volumes at all City of Chicago community-based testing sites, walk-ins cannot be guaranteed that they will be seen the same day. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Learn more at chi.gov/covidtesting.