COVID-19 Testing

Community-Based Testing Sites

Community-Based Testing Sites are available to anyone to get tested. Testing is free. 

Waukegan Community-Based Testing Site
102 W. Water Street, Waukegan, IL
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arlington Heights Community-Based Testing Site*
Arlington Racetrack
823 Wilke Road, Arlington Heights, IL

*This site is also offering COVID-19 vaccinations. Click here for more information. 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Type of testing at this site

Molecular (viral) testing only, via nasal swab.

Who can be tested

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. 

Know Before You Go

The Waukegan Community Based Testing Site (CBTS) is now accepting walk-ups. Walkers should enter off of Genesee Street and follow the line marked by orange cones. Please note that walk-ups are reserved for those without vehicles and those who travel by public transportation.

If arriving by car, anyone who will be tested must be seated at a functioning window. Once you get in line at the CBTS, you will not be permitted to exit your car.

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While this is a free service, you will be asked to show photo identification.

Due to the demand for this service, there could be significant wait times associated with the drive-thru community-based testing site. Please be patient. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, you are urged to call your doctor or emergency department to seek immediate care and instructions.

For additional information related to COVID-19, please visit You can also get your COVID-19 questions answered at any time of day by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-889-3931. You can also email you questions to

Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center

COVID-19 testing is available by appointment for symptomatic Community Health Center patients. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. A telehealth screening must be completed to determine if testing criteria are met.

Please call ahead at (847) 377-8800 for an appointment. 

Type of Testing

Molecular (viral) testing only, via nasopharyngeal swab.

Locations and Hours

For testing locations and hours at our Community Health Centers, please visit our Health Department Service Modifications and Closures webpage. 

Other Testing Sites

Dozens of additional commercial testing sites are also available throughout Illinois. Individual providers and testing sites may have limited availability of tests or different criteria for testing if they are using a private lab. Please contact your healthcare provider for information.

For the most up-to-date list of these sites, visit where residents can also find information on eligibility for testing and contact information for each testing site. Find testing sites available in Lake County.

Types of Testing Available in Lake County

There are two main types of testing available: 

  • Molecular (Viral) Testing is used to detect active infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This test uses a sample taken from the nose and/or throat. Results are generally available in hours to several days, and some rapid tests are available with results available within an hour. Molecular tests may not detect if you were infected in the past, and also may not detect the virus in the early stages of the incubation period, before symptoms develop. 
  • Serology (Antibody) Testing uses a blood sample to detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2. A positive test result may indicate that person was previously infected with the virus. The test cannot be used to detect or diagnose active COVID-19 infection. It also can’t tell you if you are protected from infection, or your length of protection. The test may also detect other coronaviruses that do not cause COVID-19.  

COVID-19 testing and treatment is available to Illinois residents regardless of immigration status, including those without insurance. Testing and treatment do not count towards Public Charge. The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has a text line – text “HC4ALL” to 52886 for the latest information.