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Lightford announces COVID-19 testing facility in Melrose Park

covid 19 test 042320MELROSE PARK – As testing continues to be a priority in stopping the spread of COVID-19, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) announced a new testing facility opening on May 11 in Melrose Park to serve Proviso Township residents.

“Nearby increased testing is imperative for the communities I represent,” Lightford said. “I am grateful for the work Access Community Network has done to launch their site and their continued commitment to the health of our local residents.”

As of May 7, Proviso Township had seen 2,052 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

"We are proud to bring this testing site to Proviso Township residents. We have custom-built this space to provide the highest level of safety for both patients and staff," said ACCESS CEO Donna Thompson. "As we know that this is a challenging time for our communities, everyone exiting the testing site will receive an educational handout with tips about how to self-isolate, manage symptoms and a listing of community resources including benefits assistance, food assistance, mental health and domestic violence, among others."

The testing facility is located next to the ACCESS Melrose Park Family Health Center at 8323 West North Ave and will conduct testing Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with the first hour being reserved for seniors.

Individuals looking to get tested need to complete a telehealth visit to schedule a testing appointment to confirm they are symptomatic. Those appointments can be scheduled by calling their special COVID-19 testing hotline at 1-800-836-7633.

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Sen. Lightford

Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford

Senate Majority Leader
4th District


Years served: 1998 - Present (Senate) 

Committee assignments: Assignments (Chairperson); Education; Energy and Public Utilities; Executive Appointments; Executive; Oversight Medicaid Mang. Care, Spec; Supplier Diversity, Special Com. On; Subcommittee on Gov. Operations (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Charter Schools (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: B.A. in Communications, Western Illinois University; M.A. in Public Administration, University of Illinois Springfield; former Village of Maywood trustee; former employee at Secretary of State, Department of Corrections and Central Management Services; longtime champion in the Senate for education, working families and women's issues; lives in Maywood with her family.

Associated Representatives:
La Shawn K. Ford
Emanuel Chris Welch