Joliet Police attempt to clarify role to public in COVID-19 testing

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Joliet Police Department is trying to clarify the use along with their role at a new Wal-Mart COVID-19 testing site located at 2424 W Jefferson St. The Joliet Test site is scheduled to run daily between 10 am and 4 pm.

“The COVID-19 testing is for first responders and healthcare professionals only. The general public is not being tested at this time. This testing site is being administered by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) through their partnership with Wal-Mart. The Joliet Police Department’s responsibility at the testing site is to assist with traffic control and security.” the Joliet Police Department said in a release earlier today.

Police say testing can only process exactly 70 vehicles in a given day. Once a wait area is full, no further vehicles will be allowed to join a line and will be turned away. Testing at the Joliet Wal-Mart is only for if you are a First Responder or Healthcare professional. Professionals must bring a photo ID along with your First Responder or Healthcare ID to a testing site.

This morning, the Joliet Wal-Mart shut off access to the line minutes after the site opened for business. No walk-ups will be admitted to test.

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