YORKVILLE – Kendall County area residents and community members will have the opportunity to test for COVID-19 closer to home.
The Kendall County Health Department parking lot, 811 W. John St., will become a community drive-thru COVID-19 test site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 through Friday, Oct. 9, according to a Tuesday news release from the agency.
The Kendall County Board also voted, 8-0, to approve a resolution for the event sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health, along with another resolution for an accompanying mobile food pantry event happening on the same day as the first day of COVID-19 testing, during the County Board's Tuesday meeting. County Board members Audra Hendrix and Tony Giles were absent from the meeting.
Kendall County Board Chairman Scott Gryder talked about the potential opportunity the county has in holding the event for the community before the Tuesday vote.
"I hope that we all find this a worthy event that we should be doing here in the county," Gryder said.
County health officials wrote in the news release anyone can get tested and patrons don't have to be symptomatic to get tested. They wrote simple nasal swabs will be used at the testing site and patrons will be called with test results within four to seven days after the test date.
There is no cost for testing and those without insurance are able to get tested, however it's recommended that patrons bring their insurance cards.
Local health officials also wrote in another Tuesday news release from the county health department the Northern Illinois Food Bank will have a mobile food pantry set up at the health department 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday for people to pick up groceries as needed. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last, per the release.
RaeAnn VanGundy, executive director for the Kendall County Health Department, said during the Tuesday County Board meeting the two events are ones the department is excited to bring for the community.
"We know the importance of making sure that we get those packages out to those that are struggling with economics right now and may not have [enough] food, as well as the opportunity for three days to do the COVID-19 testing here on our site," VanGundy said.