Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) will hold a mobile COVID-19 test event for Metropolis on Monday, Oct. 5.

Testing will be available at the Massac County Public Health Clinic from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Anyone needing a COVID-19 test, even those without symptoms, can be tested without an appointment or doctor’s referral. The free nasal swab test is quick and easy, with results in as little as three days.

Additional testing sites will be held at the Union County Public Health Clinic in Anna on Oct. 9 and the Hardin County Public Health Clinic on Oct. 10. The Illinois Department of Health and S7HD are hosting these events.

In the past month, S7HD has held mobile COVID-19 test events in five of the seven counties it serves, testing 382 people. The most recent mobile testing occurred Sept. 26 in Cairo where 61 people were tested and Sept. 27 in Golconda where 38 were tested. Other testing sites have been held in Anna and Vienna.

On Sept. 29, S7HD reported a cumulative total of 1161 COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths in the southern seven region since the start of the pandemic in the United States.

“The department continues to see community transmission of COVID-19 at social events and gatherings at alarming rates,” said Shawnna Rhine, Community Outreach Coordinator for S7HD.

As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the region, S7HD encourages all residents to get tested regardless of symptoms, especially if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

“It is through testing that the health department can effectively track this disease and prevent its spread to our most vulnerable populations,” Rhine said.“Understanding the impact of COVID-19 in the region is only acquired through testing. Further testing in our communities is giving us a clearer picture of the actual and potential number of positive cases, and through contact tracing, helping to slow the spread of this deadly disease. Southern Seven wants anyone who thinks they may be at risk for contracting this disease to be tested.”

Residents unable to be tested on these dates are asked to watch for these symptoms: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If symptoms develop, begin isolation immediately and contact your healthcare provider about getting tested for COVID-19.

There is no cure or vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

For more details about the COVID-19 Mobile Testing Unit, or for questions regarding COVID-19, contact S7HD at 618-634-2297 or visit on Facebook.

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