covid test 090320CHAMPAIGN – To support the community’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is reminding residents that testing is critical to virus tracking and response efforts.

“Testing is vital to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” Bennett said. “If we want to protect ourselves and others from this virus, we must do our part and get tested when experiencing symptoms or after coming into contact with someone with COVID-19.”

If a person believes they have been exposed to the virus, they should get tested 5-7 days after exposure – even if they don’t feel ill. Studies have shown people who are asymptomatic for the virus are still able to spread it to others, who may become visibly sick and require medical attention.

Individuals with symptoms that may be COVID-19 should also get tested, even if they don’t believe they need medical care.

Illinois has tested more than 3.8 million COVID-19 specimens since March and continues to expand testing throughout the state.

“COVID-19 testing is still available in Champaign and Vermilion Counties,” Bennett said. “The preventive measures we take today could mean the difference between life and death for our neighbors.”

There are nearly 300 testing sites across the state, including 11 state-operated community-based testing sites and 12 mobile testing teams that conduct tests at facilities experiencing outbreaks – including nursing homes and correctional centers – and areas around the state reporting increased cases. All state-operated testing facilities are free.

More information about locations, testing hours and requirements can be found at