Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

COVID-19 Testing Information

COVID-19 testing is available in multiple locations in Champaign-Urbana. All locations in the "Where To Get Tested" section below offer PCR tests. Please note that CUPHD cannot provide test results to you, you should contact the location where you were tested.

Testing helps us to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and should be used alongside our best tools to stop this pandemic—getting vaccinated, getting boosted, and wearing a high filtration mask in indoor public settings. Now, every U.S. household can order up to four free COVID-19 tests through a new federal program, and at-home tests are covered by insurance.

How to get a free covid-19 test

When To Test

  • If you are experiencing symptoms, you should get tested immediately. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, stay home and isolate from other people while symptomatic, until you get your test results back. If you test negative and your symptoms persist, test again in 5.
  • After a confirmed exposure to COVID-19 (being less than 6 feet apart for a total of 15 minutes or more to a confirmed positive case, while the case was infectious):
    • If you are not up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, you should stay home for 5 days and after that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. Test on day 5.
    • If you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, wear a mask around others for 10 days and test on day 5.
  • After a potential exposure to COVID-19 (such as family gatherings, events, or any situation where masking and social distancing were not always maintained) you should practice extra precautions for 14 days after the exposure, such as only leaving the house for essential tasks and being diligent about mask wearing and social distancing. Test 5 days after the exposure, or immediately if you develop symptoms.
  • Consider testing before you join any indoor gatherings with others who are not in your household, especially if anyone who is considered high-risk will be attending.
  • You should check testing requirements for any destinations you plan to travel to.

Where To Get Tested

There are three sites that are open to anyone with no appointment needed. They can be used for State mandated screening testing:

1. Community Based Testing Site at Marketplace Mall (all ages) (2000 N. Neil St., Champaign):
  • Due to volume/demand, the testing site at Market Place mall will be open Monday through Saturday from 8am-4pm until further notice.
  • Enter through the South mall entrance off of Market Street
  • CBTS Registration
  • Contact for results: 1-888-297-7208
2. SHIELD CU COVID-19 Testing (5 years and up):
  • NOTE: You must use the Safer Community app to receive your test results from SHIELD CU testing.
  • Before getting tested, you should refrain from eating, drinking, tooth brushing, mouth washing, gum chewing, and tobacco use for at least one hour before submitting your saliva sample at the test location.
  • Parkland Community College
  • Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE)
    • 1102 Gregory Dr., Urbana
      • Parking available at meters on Dorner Dr or meters in lot F28
    • Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Monday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    • Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Closed for lunch between 11:30 a.m. and Noon.
  • Download the app!
  • If a result does not show up after 48 hours, please send an email to shield@osfhealthcare.org
3. SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 Testing (5 years and up):
  • Stephens Family YMCA
    • 2501 Fields S Dr., Champaign, North Pavillion
    • Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m.- 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Go to portal.shieldillinois.com to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.
  • Contact SHIELD’s 24/7 patient hotline: 217-265-6059 for assistance
  • Before getting tested, you should refrain from eating, drinking, tooth brushing, mouth washing, gum chewing, and tobacco use for at least one hour before submitting your saliva sample at the test location.

NOTICE: In an effort to preserve healthcare resources, PLEASE DO NOT use CARLE, OSF, Christie or Promise Healthcare for COVID testing unless you have symptoms, are a high-risk exposure or when directed there by your healthcare provider.

Please use the mall testing site, SHIELD-CU sites (CRCE, or Parkland), or Campustown Urgent Care for COVID testing.

These sites have more specific requirements. They are NOT available for State mandated screening testing. Please call or visit their websites for more information:

Carle Champaign on Mattis (1702 S. Mattis Ave., Champaign):
  • Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Call the COVID-19 hotline at Phone: 217-902-6100217-902-6100 for appropriate next steps
Promise Healthcare - next door to the main clinic (805 Bloomington Rd., Champaign):
  • Testing is by appointment only for all ages – symptomatic, high-risk exposure, and travel
  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Call Phone: 217-403-5402217-403-5402.
CampusTown Urgent Care (631 E. Green St., Champaign):
  • Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • You MUST register & make an appointment for the test. Register here or call Phone: 217-344-9909217-344-9909

Information on testing at CVS and Walgreens.

Self-Tests/Rapid Tests

COVID-19 self-tests (also referred to as home tests or over-the-counter (OTC) tests) are one of many risk-reduction measures, along with vaccination, masking, and physical distancing, that protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Self-tests can be taken at home or anywhere, are easy to use, and produce rapid results. You can use self-tests, regardless of vaccination status, or whether or not you have symptoms.

Consider using a self-test before joining indoor gatherings with others who are not in your household.

If you test positive, you should isolate and inform your healthcare provider, as well as any close contacts. A positive self-test result means that the test detected the virus, and you are very likely to have an infection and should stay home or isolate for 10 days, wear a mask if you could have contact with others, and avoid indoor gatherings to reduce the risk of spreading disease to someone else.

A negative self-test result means that the test did not detect the virus and you may not have an infection, but it does not rule out infection. Repeating the test within a few days, with at least 24 hours between tests, will increase the confidence that you are not infected.

Now, every U.S. household can order up to four free COVID-19 tests through a new federal program, and at-home tests are covered by insurance.

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