The ability to test more people for COVID-19 is critical in helping to curb the spread of the virus throughout our communities, and with CARES Act government funding for COVID-19 testing, HSHS Medical Group is able to introduce COVID-19 testing at select drive-thru sites until further notice. 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

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Loss of taste or smell

 
Those who wish to be tested 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 HSHSMGCovidTesting.org 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 between four different drive-through 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.
 
Those tested will be able to access their results within 2 to 7 days, at their own convenience, through their MyChart account which is safeguarded to ensure patient privacy and confidentiality.
 
Anyone experiencing severe and life-threatening COVID-19 symptoms (difficulty breathing, cannot drink or eat or seriously ill) should call 911. If their symptoms are not life-threatening, and the person prefers to travel to an emergency department on their own, they should call the hospital prior to their arrival to explain their symptoms. This will provide the emergency department time to prepare for their arrival and be sure others in the area will be protected from the potential spread of infectious disease.

Media Contact

Lori Harlan

Divisional Director of Marketing
HSHS Medical Group
Office: (217) 321-9292
Cell: (217) 321-9292
Lori.Harlan@hshs.org

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