The Maple Street Clinic in Gillespie continues to serve as a designated State of Illinois COVID-19 testing site and according to a press release made available on Tuesday morning, the clinic tested over 300 people in the first week with only nine new cases confirmed for Macoupin County.
Individuals interested in testing must call 217-313-5078 to complete a screening. The criteria for testing was expanded again this week, according to Clinic Director Christy Blank, by allowing tests on individuals with a compromised immune system or a serious chronic medical condition before exhibiting symptoms.
When a person calls the hotline number to obtain a COVID -19 test, the team will verify criteria has been met and then they collect the required information to complete a specimen requisition form and assign an appointment time.
The test consists of a nasal pharyngeal swab. Samples will be sent to the Illinois State Laboratory for testing. Turn around for results varies based on the volume the State Lab is experiencing. All persons tested will be notified of results by the Macoupin County Public Health Department.
In addition, the public is reminded that the “Shelter in Place” mandate is being extended until May 30 for all Illinois residents. Beginning May 1, all residents will be required to wear a mask when it is necessary to be in public.
A Macoupin County COVID-19 hotline is available at 217-313-5078. To see up-to-date statistics about COVID-19 cases in Macoupin County, visit and like Macoupin County Public Health Department’s Facebook page or for state-wide statistics visit https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19.