Attorney Raoul Warns Residents of Pop-Up COVID Testing Sites

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

As the omicron variant continues to spread, increasing the number of positive COVID-19 cases throughout Illinois, Attorney General Kwame Raoul issued guidance regarding “pop-up” COVID-19 testing sites and price gouging of at-home rapid tests. A nationwide shortage of COVID-19 tests and available testing appointments has led many Illinois residents to turn to what are known as “pop-up” testing sites. These testing sites are not licensed or regulated by any government agency, and the Attorney General’s office cannot confirm the legitimacy of individual pop-up testing locations. The Attorney General’s office is encouraging individuals who choose to use a testing site that is not included on state-sponsored lists or recommended by a primary care provider to first consider the following:

• What tests does the site administer?

• Who analyzes the results?

• What laboratory does the site use? Visit to determine whether the lab being used is CLIA certified.

• When will test results be communicated to you, and how/from whom will you receive that communication?

• Who can you call with questions or concerns about results?

• What type of personal information will the site ask you to provide?

• Does the site charge any out-of-pocket fee?

• Does the site appear to observe the CDC’s recommendations to protect against COVID-19? For instance, do workers maintain a distance of six feet between people and wear masks indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission?

Raoul is also warning people to be aware of potential fake test kits offered for sale and is encouraging individuals to visit the FDA’s website for a list of approved at-home test kits. Consumers should expect to pay between $14 and $25 for packs of at-home rapid test kits, such as those from iHealth or Binax NOW.

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