Company Aims To Fill Void Where Testing 'Not Meeting Demand'

Dan Shalin
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OAK BROOK, IL — With the holiday travel season over and more in-person schooling and other activities returning, demand remains high for COVID-19 testing. A new company called Rocket Testing is offering Chicagoland residents another testing option, which it claims is both fast and convenient.

In January, the Oak Brook-based company announced the opening of seven drive-thru testing sites in the region: Chicago (Wrigleyville), Schaumburg, Crystal Lake, Carol Stream, Vernon Hills, Prospect Heights and Aurora. Rocket Testing, which plans to open five additional sites this winter, said it can deliver rapid test results in 15 minutes, and no appointments are needed.

"We recognized that the current process for rapid COVID testing within our region is not meeting demand as the pandemic continues across the country," said Jordan Sadoff, president of Rocket Testing. "Rocket Testing aims to provide a patient-focused experience with quick results, so our patients are not left in isolation, worried about their health for multiple days."

According to Rocket Testing, its facilities offer RAPID antigen testing during visits taking between five to eight minutes. The company said results are available within approximately 15 minutes. The drive-thru model allows customers to get tested in their cars in order to avoid the risk of COVID-19 exposure inside a medical facility. The location in the Wrigleyville neighborhood in Chicago also serves walk-up customers.

"Expanded testing is key as our region and country continue to fight COVID-19," said Deanne Giannola, PA-C, lab director at Rocket Testing. "By supporting increased access to rapid testing, we hope to aid in Chicagoland's efforts to reduce the number of cases until a vaccine is widely available."

Rocket Testing facilities are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information about the company and its services is available at https://www.rockettesting.com/.

This article originally appeared on the Arlington Heights Patch