Roseland Community Hospital Offers Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Roseland Community Hospital on Chicago’s Far South Side is performing drive-through coronavirus testing starting Friday, but don’t hop in your car and rush over there just yet. The testing is only for those who meet certain criteria.

Roseland President and CEO Tim Egan said for the start of the drive-through testing, the focus is on those showing symptoms, those who have fevers, those who have traveled to hotspots, or who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive.

"We are in an absolute emergency situation. When I say we are at the tip of the spear, we are the hospital that is taking charge, we are going to be doing COVID testing in our lab, two hour turn around, 144 tests an hour. Every day we will be doing thousands of screenings," he said.

Roseland has set up tents outside of the facility on 111th Street. Doctors will first screen people to detemine whether they should be tested. If the doctor believes the patient should be tested, the patient will be given one of the 200 available COVID-19 swab test, or blood tests.

Both the swab and blood tests will be processed at the Roseland Community Hospital labs.

Roseland Community Hospital is the first South Side community hospital that will offer COVID-19 tests.