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Tazewell County Health Department Ending COVID-19 Testing Services in July

File photo depicting a COVID-19 testing site in Peoria.
Tim Shelley
File photo depicting a COVID-19 testing site in Peoria.

The Tazewell County Health Department is making some changes in its COVID-19 service offerings.

July 1 will be the last day for COVID-19 testing at the 1800 Broadway testing site in Pekin.

TCHD Communications Manager Sara Sparkman says this is due to a decrease in COVID-19 cases.

"Ending our testing is just the volume. We aren't seeing the volume we were in the past," Sparkman said. "Just to allow our staff to return to their normal job duties, we have decided to stop testing, because there are other locations in the community that offer it."

That includes many area pharmacies, hospitals, and physicians. The IDPH-operated testing site in Peoria closed Wednesday amid declining usage, and Heartland Health Services is also winding down its mass testing operations in favor of appointments at its clinics in Peoria and Pekin.

In addition to the closure of the Tazewell County testing site, Sparkman says a new walk-in vaccine clinic each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. located at the Tazewell County Health Department in Tremont.

To get vaccinated at this clinic, individuals must bring a valid state ID and provide a phone number, and they are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing to receive their vaccine.

Jordan Mead is a reporting intern at WCBU. She joined the station in 2021.