Illinois can now test for coronavirus in-state, cutting down wait times

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By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.comSPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Public Health now has the ability to test for the 2019 novel coronavirus in-state, meaning shorter wait times for test results for people showing symptoms of the virus and meeting certain criteria.IDPH said in a news release Tuesday that Illinois is the first state to be able to do the testing without shipping specimens out of state, and results are typically available within 24 hours."The ability to do this testing will mean we will be able to detect any new cases of novel coronavirus earlier and prevent any possible spread," IDPH Assistant Director Evonda Thomas-Smith said in the news release. "We understand there is concern about this...

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Illinois can now test for coronavirus in-state, cutting down wait times

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