We have a limited ability to conduct PCR testing in our office and are scheduling this testing over lunch and in the evening when patients having regular visits are not in the office. The swab is sent to a local lab (usually NorthShore) for testing. At the current time, we are only testing patients with symptoms or those who have had direct exposure to someone with COVID-19. We are not able to test parents or children who are not our patients, Please contact your doctor directly to discuss potentially scheduling a test. Note that at this time, we are not conducting rapid tests given their limited accuracy.
Additionally, there are local resources that offer testing. Please contact us regarding your child’s health before getting tested — we never want to pass on an opportunity to serve our patients and their families.
Please note: the governmental sites may only mail results through the US Postal System, making results not immediately available.
Lurie Children’s Hospital
Call the Lurie’s COVID-19 Call Center at 312.227.5300. They evaluate whether your child meets their testing criteria. Testing is offered at multiple sites. (FYI – they are not testing asymptomatic patients.)
North Shore University Health Systems
Call the North Shore Health Line at 847.432.5849. They evaluate whether your child meets their testing criteria. Testing is offered at multiple sites. (FYI – they are not testing asymptomatic patients.)
Illinois Department of Public Health
This website lists additional testing sites in Illinois. The State of Illinois community testing sites listed at the top of the page provide testing for everyone, with or without symptoms of COVID-19. These are the sites you should use if your child only needs testing for clearance to return to school or an activity.
Lake County Health Department – Waukegan Community-Based Testing Site
The Lake County community-based testing sites are available to anyone to get tested, regardless of symptoms or other criteria. No appointment, doctor referral, or insurance is needed at state operated drive-thru sites and testing is available at no cost to the individual.
As a reminder, COVID-19 symptoms include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If your child is sick with the above symptoms please isolate them at home and contact the above sites for possible testing. Most children have generally presented with mild symptoms and have improved quickly. If your child has persistent or worsening symptoms please contact us by phone or bring them to the emergency room.