Gov. Pritzker visits COVID-19 testing site at Peoria Civic Center, announces more than 1M tests performed


PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is visiting the COVID-19 testing location outside the Peoria Civic Center Friday afternoon.

The drive-through facility opened May 23. It was originally located at the McLean County fairgrounds.

It is open every day from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., or until they hit the 250 testing quota. There are three testing sites around the city; there were once four, but the location at Peoria Park District’s John H. Gwynn Jr. Park/Faucet Field closed Monday.

As of Friday, there are a total of 299 reported COVID-19 cases in Peoria County. Out of the 299, 180 have fully recovered from the coronavirus and 11 people have died. Pritzker also announced the state has now performed more than 1 million COVID-19 tests.

“This milestone is the result of the incredible work of so many people behind the scenes in state government, in our National Guard, in our public and private hospital and healthcare systems all around the state – people who were willing to battle it out to build out a testing infrastructure that is accurate, efficient, and accessible,” Pritzker said. “And we’re still building – but I’m very proud to be one of the earliest states to hit this landmark.”

On Thursday, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) said community-based testing sites are now open to anyone to get tested, regardless of symptoms or other criteria. The IEMA said testing will be crucial to identifying new cases and taking immediate action to prevent additional spread.

Pritzker is recommending anyone who has recently been part of a mass gathering, including rallies and protests over the past week, to get tested for the coronavirus.

This marks Pritzker’s first visit to Peoria during the COVID-19 pandemic, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. He was joined by U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) and State Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria).

There are 125,915 reported COVID-19 cases statewide, with 5,795 deaths as of Friday.

Watch Pritzker’s full press conference below.

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