Need A Release Letter for Work After Testing Positive? Here’s How!

Need A Release Letter for Work After Testing Positive? Here’s How!

For those who require documentation of their COVID testing for work, travel, medical procedures, etc., the test must be completed at a testing facility, such as a medical office, drive-thru testing site, or pharmacy. Results of these tests are received by the State in order to facilitate contact tracing. Individuals must respond to contact tracers in order to receive need work release letters. These letters cannot be provided for at-home tests as these results are not received by the State.

All positive cases from testing sites will receive an automated text message that states the following: “IDPH COVID: There is important info for you. Call 312-777-1999 or click: ttps://”

It is essential that individuals respond to this message in order to receive their required work release letters. Those who are 65 + will get an additional text message if the initial message does not result in a response. If someone has tested positive and they have not received a call or text message, they can call 312-777-1999.

COVID test sites near Livingston County currently include:

  • Quick N’ Free Rapid/PCR COVID Testing (1041 W Reynolds St, Pontiac): Free PCR and rapid testing; no appointment necessary; Monday-Friday 9:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
  • Heartland Community College in Pontiac (211 E Madison, Pontiac; 2nd floor of Pontiac Public Library): Free PCR testing; appointment required (; Mondays 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Interstate Center (1106 Interstate Dr., Bloomington): Free PCR testing; no appointment necessary; drive-thru/walk-up testing; Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • CampusTown Urgent Care: Free PCR and rapid testing (insurance billed, if available); appointment required; see CampusTown’s website for times (
    • Central Illinois Regional Airport (3201 Cira Dr, Bloomington); Monday-Saturday
    • CampusTown Urgent Care (631 East Green Street, Champaign); every day
  • Free COVID Testing Sites (FCTS): Free rapid testing; no appointment necessary; all locations open every day 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Braidwood (296 S Front Street)
    • Kankakee (503 Riverstone Parkway)
    • Kankakee (195 S Washington Ave)
    • Champaign (2905 West Springfield Ave)
    • Joliet (3105A West Jefferson St)
    • Joliet (1551 Plainfield Rd)
  • Local pharmacies: Contact respective pharmacies for their current testing availability
  • Local physician’s offices: Contact respective offices for their current testing availability

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