With the Coronavirus pandemic continuing to surge across Chicago, there is a severe shortage of places in the city where people can get a free COVID-19 test. Currently, 1-in-17 people in Chicago have the virus. In response to this, Noble has partnered with the humanitarian relief organization CORE to equip our campuses to become temporary COVID-19 testing sites for the communities we serve.
This week our Pritzker College Prep campus, located in the Hermosa neighborhood, offered free COVID-19 testing on-site. The result was more than 500 people from Hermosa, Belmont-Cragin, Humboldt Park, and surrounding neighborhoods were tested throughout the day. “We’re all in this together. If we have the resources and partners to support our communities, then we have to do what we can to help,” said Mike Madden, Noble’s Chief Operations Officer. “It feels good to know that Noble is a part of the solution, particularly when people need us the most.
The free tests were administered by the CORE team in the school’s gymnasium. For safety, the CORE team ensured all testers were socially distanced and wore masks while they waited to be tested. Each test consisted of a painless mouth swab. Results are returned within 72 hours and no ID or insurance is required.
“I am deeply grateful to CORE and the Chicago Department of Public Health for their partnership and for the extraordinary work they are doing across the city to make testing available to all who need it. Our hope is we can continue to partner with CORE and CDPH to provide testing in every community we serve,” said Madden.
On Friday, December 4, CORE will offer free testing at Noble’s Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy in Humboldt Park, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Due to limited testing capacity, it is recommended that you register in advance at chicagocovidtesting.com. Walk-up spots are available but limited. Please also be sure to dress warmly as you may need to stand outside while waiting for your turn to be tested.
The community is encouraged to follow Noble (@benobleschools) and CORE (@coreresponse) on social media for announcements of new testing sites as they are scheduled, or visit www.coreresponse.org/covid-19/chicago.