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Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing to be offered on NIU's campus; volunteers sought for experimental test

Employees at Northwestern Medicine Huntley Campus tend to a long line of cars at the 8 a.m. open of their COVID-19 testing site on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Huntley.
Employees at Northwestern Medicine Huntley Campus tend to a long line of cars at the 8 a.m. open of their COVID-19 testing site on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Huntley.

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DeKALB – Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18 in the Anderson Hall parking lot on Northern Illinois University’s campus.

DeKalb County residents are welcome. The test is performed with a nasal swab administered by a health professional, and results will be given by the Illinois Department of Public Health via phone within four to seven days.

Participants should enter from Kishwaukee Drive off of Lucinda Avenue and exit onto Garden Road. Walk-ups also will be accommodated.

NIU researchers also are asking people to volunteer during the testing event for another optional COVID-19 test being developed. The new test involves a simple oral rinse, where participants will be handed a test tube filled with bottled water by a volunteer in appropriate personal protective equipment. Participants will gargle the water for 30 seconds and then spit it back into the tube, seal it and hand it back to the volunteer.

Those who participate in the experimental test will be asked to complete a consent form and provide basic demographic information.

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