The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for May 15: New drive-thru testing coming to Champaign

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

A free drive-thru coronavirus testing location is coming to Champaign’s Market Place Shopping Center at 2000 N. Neil St. on Tuesday.

The testing site will be open daily, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. while supplies last. Patients don’t need doctor’s referrals, but will be asked to show photo identification and a healthcare employee or first responder identification, if applicable.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District announced 23 more cases of the coronavirus in Champaign County on Wednesday, pushing the countywide total to 356 cases.

Of the 356 cases, 170 are active, 179 have recovered and seven have died. Three people with active cases are currently hospitalized. Fewer than 5% of Champaign County’s 7,682 tests have proved positive.

About 9.15% of Illinois’ 26,565 new tests proved positive on Thursday. Just 2.38% of 965 new tests were positive in Champaign County.

County health officials recommend anyone with symptoms — fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills and repeated shaking, headache, fatigue and new loss of taste or smell — to get tested.

Confirmed cases of coronavirus as of May 15, 10:00 p.m. CDT 

Numbers in (+) indicate increases from the previous day

World: 4,542,347 cases; 307,666 deaths; 1,637,067 recoveries

United States: 1,442,824 cases (+24,935); 87,530 deaths (+1,624); 250,747 recoveries (+4,333) with 10,720,185 tested (+378,410)

Illinois: 90,369 cases (+2,432); 4,058 deaths (+130) with 538,602 tested (+26,565)

Chicago: 35,183 cases (+842); 1,606 deaths (+54)

Champaign County: 356 cases (+23); 7 deaths; 179 recoveries (+6) with 7,682 tested (+965)

Numbers from Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 Mapcoronavirus.illinois.gov and c-uphd.org

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