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Leading by example, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and his son, Attorney Yusef Jackson, who is Secretary of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Board, will lead by example 12 noon, Tuesday, May 26th, by taking a COVID-19 test at Kennedy King College, 6301 S. Halsted St.
Testing, Rev. Jackson said, is critical in “ending this nightmare. We need your cooperation.” Rev. Jackson is urging everyone to take the COVID-19 test so they will know their status to prevent additional infections
Yusef Jackson recently joined Mayor Lori Lightfoot at a press conference to announce the expanded COVID-19 test sites. He praised her “outstanding leadership and clear communication during this crisis and for allowing” him to share the history behind the city’s partnering with Academy award-winning actor Sean Penn’s nationally acclaimed Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) nonprofit organization that is expanding testing sites throughout the nation.
Yusef explained that it was his father who reached out to Penn, whom he has worked with on several humanitarian projects including Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake that hit Haiti and Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, who introduced the mayor to Penn for this “historic partnership.”
“As we began to understand the gravity of COVID 19, the city demonstrated the courage to accept community input and support from CORE, and continued to invest responsibly by making available the incredibly talented and committed people from so many departments of city government including Health, Aviation, Police, Fire, OEMC to name a few,” said Yusef Jackson.
“Getting these sites up and running efficiently is truly a community effort among the city, the CORE management team and the brave and dedicated Chicagoans who are working every day,” Yusef Jackson said.
“We are working with dozens of churches, pastors, and community leaders and civic groups and civil rights organizations to help staff these sites. It’s critical work. Those working on these sites play a critical role in controlling the disease and reopening our businesses. They are doing the hard work for the city to meet its metrics, and we thank you.
“We must take advantage of the opportunity to test. Testing is the first component of contact tracing. The sites have the capacity. Please, now come do your part. Sign up in advance or drop by, drive or walk up. Get tested. The test is administered free to you—so get your test now,” Yusef Jackson said. Below is a list of the city-sponsored COVID-19 testing sites. You are encouraged to pre-register for a test online at: ChicagoCovidTesting.com. Once open, each testing site will run Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
|Facility||Tentative Opening Date||Address||Testing Criteria||Type|
|Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy||Open||2850 W 24th Blvd, Chicago, IL 60623||Symptomatic residents; Asymptomatic with known exposure to COVID||Drive-Thru, Walk-Up|
|Guaranteed Rate Field Lot A||Tuesday, June 2||3417 S Normal Ave, Chicago, IL 60616||Asymptomatic first responders and healthcare workers||Drive-Thru Only|
|Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science Academy||Open||2231 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60639||Symptomatic residents; Asymptomatic with known exposure to COVID||Drive-Thru, Walk-Up|
|Columbus Park||Open||5701 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60644||Symptomatic residents; Asymptomatic with known exposure to COVID||Drive-Thru, Walk-Up|
|Kennedy-King College||Friday, May 29||6301 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60621||Symptomatic residents; Asymptomatic with known exposure to COVID||Drive-Thru, Walk-Up|
|Southwest||TBD||TBD||Symptomatic residents; Asymptomatic with known exposure to COVID||Drive-Thru, Walk-Up|
|Gately Park||Friday, May 22||744 E 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60628||Symptomatic residents; Asymptomatic with known exposure to COVID||Drive-Thru, Walk-Up|
COVID-19 Testing Sites in Chicago
Here are additional locations where you can get tested for COVID-19, but the list will continue to grow: https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-sites