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HSHS Medical Group offers FREE drive-thru COVID-19 testing

Available by appointment only

With CARES Act government funding for COVID-19 testing, HSHS Medical Group offers COVID-19 testing at select drive-thru sites. Registration through MyChart is required for testing.

If you have any of these symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or need a COVID-19 screening to return to work or school, you can receive a free COVID-19 assessment and testing:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Repeated shaking with chills

How it works

  • Patients must schedule an appointment through HSHS Medical Group's online patient portal, MyChart. You do not have to be an established HSHS Medical Group patient to set up an account on MyChart or to access a free test. MyChart can be accessed at or downloaded as an app on Apple or Google Play. It takes just minutes to set up an account, complete a short assessment and register for a test.
  • Upon registration, MyChart users are able to choose from four drive-thru testing sites in Decatur, Effingham, O'Fallon and Springfield. Testing sites are a service of HSHS Medical Group and are located off-site from local HSHS hospitals.
  • Drive-thru testing is not available to pre-surgical patients.
  • Test results will be available within two to seven days, at your own convenience, through your MyChart account, which is safeguarded to ensure patient privacy and confidentiality.

Anyone experiencing severe and life-threatening COVID-19 symptoms (difficulty breathing, inability to drink or eat, or feeling seriously ill) should call 911. If your symptoms are not life-threatening, and you prefer to travel to an emergency department on your own, you should call the hospital prior to arrival to explain your symptoms. This will provide the emergency department time to prepare for your arrival and be sure others in the area will be protected from the potential spread of this infectious disease.

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