FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 29, 2021
PEKIN, IL – On July 28, ten out of 127 individuals tested positive for SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) at the McLean County Fairgrounds testing site.
The COVID-19 testing site at the McLean County Fairgrounds was scheduled to close at 5 p.m. July 31 due to a decrease in testing. However, due to the increased SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) positivity rate and significant concerns surrounding the Delta variant, the Illinois Department of Public Health has decided that community-based testing sites, including the site at the McLean County Fairgrounds, will remain open.
Reditus Laboratories has operated the site at 1106 Interstate Drive, Bloomington, for IDPH since May 2020.
Testing will continue, for now, at the site, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, said Dr. Aaron Rossi, CEO of Reditus Laboratories.
“We are, however, evaluating a potential location change in McLean County due to cost and disruption of our processes as more events are taking place at the fairgrounds,” Rossi said Thursday. “We will certainly make the public aware of any location change.”
During the site’s busiest time in fall 2020, nearly 1,300 people were tested per day. During the past two months, the site averaged about 30 people tested per day, Rossi said.
Reditus Laboratories is a full-service laboratory company with a heavy focus on molecular diagnostics. Based in Pekin, Illinois, Reditus provides top-tier, accurate anatomical and clinical pathology services, including cytology, histology and molecular testing. Reditus is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and is certified by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) program. Additional information is at www.redituslabs.com, as well as on Facebook at Reditus Laboratories and Twitter @ReditusLabs.