Winnebago County Receives Delayed COVID-19 Test Results

May 12, 2020

The Winnebago County Health Department received COVID-19 test results from the original state-contracted lab for tests done at the Community Based Testing Site located at the UIC Health Sciences Campus between April 24 and May 6. According to a news release, the health department is currently working to contact all patients who didn’t receive their test results from that time, regardless of whether the result is negative or positive for COVID-19. The release says the influx of new results will result in a higher-than-normal confirmed COVID-19 case count once the data is compiled.

The new lab at the Community Based Testing site has been providing timely results since they began operation for the site. Patients typically receive their results in three to five days.

Two free COVID-19 testing sites are available in Rockford:

Community Based Testing at UIC Health Sciences Campus
• Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
• Testing is a self-nasal swab for those who are symptomatic.

Community Based Testing at Auburn High School
• Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Test is a nasopharyngeal swab administered by medical staff from Crusader Community Health.