The Macoupin County Public Health Department announced today, April 21 that the Maple Street Clinic, which is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving a high-risk population, has been designated as a State of Illinois COVID-19 testing site.
“Maple Street Clinic staff have been preparing in anticipation of receiving the designation. Prior to this announcement, the health department was limited to testing only those designated as high-risk who were exhibiting symptoms,” according to Christy Blank, Clinic Director. “Now all residents who are symptomatic may qualify for the testing through the Maple Street Clinic.”
The clinic has been testing individuals on a limited basis since March 20. The drive-thru testing area is going to be open 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day and will expand hours based on demand. Individuals must call 217-313-5078 to complete a screening prior to arriving.
The screening will include a 1) triage to verify symptomatic as stated in requirements below and 2) provide our COVID-19 team with your required information to complete your specimen requisition form prior to arrival.
Individuals will qualify for testing if they have at least two of the following symptoms: fever, rigor, chills, loss of taste or smell, muscle ache, headache, and/or sore throat or if they have at least one of the following symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Individuals who qualify will receive an appointment time. The test consists of a nasal pharyngeal swab. Samples will be sent to the Illinois State Laboratory for testing. Turn around for results varies based on the volume the State Lab is experiencing. All persons tested will be notified of results by the Macoupin County Public Health Department.
Individuals may still contact their primary physician. If a physician feels that it is necessary to test a patient, they can collect the nasal pharyngeal swab and send it to a private lab for testing, such as Lab Corp or Quest Diagnostics.
In addition, the public is reminded that sick visits are being conducted car side at the Maple Street Clinic location to reduce infection risk inside the building. Medical and behavioral health staff have transitioned to mostly telehealth appointments and immunizations are being provided by appointment only and done in the designated mobile unit to prevent exposure. Dental services continue to be limited in order to minimize exposure and preserve PPE.
Due to widespread COVID-19 cases throughout our county, the health department is reiterating what is stated in Section 3 of the Governor’s Executive Order stating that any public or private gathering of any number of people is prohibited. Planned public gatherings jeopardize the safety of our community members. The organizers are liable for potentially encouraging the spread of COVID-19 instead of halting it. There are many members throughout the community that may be asymptomatic at this time and are potential carriers for this deadly virus. The health department continues to ask everyone to do their part by following the shelter-in-place order.
A Macoupin County COVID-19 hotline is available at 217-313-5078. To see up-to-date statistics about COVID-19 cases in Macoupin County, visit and like Macoupin County Public Health Department’s Facebook page or, for state-wide statistics visit https://www.dph.illinois.gove/covid19.