By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — If you need a COVID test you can now get it at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse.

The lobby is now a free testing site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. This is a saliva test, not a nasal swab, but you can’t eat or drink an hour before the test.

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Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer said, after success testing 24,000 courthouse employees, lawyers, case participants, and jurors, she hopes this testing site helps the community contain COVID-19.

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“People are having difficulty getting tested and it’s such an important tool to bringing an end to this pandemic. It’s a very simple process. Completely non-invasive. nobody touches you,” Judge Pallmeyer said.

The test was developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Participants will have to schedule an appointment online through the Shield Illinois portal.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff